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brief (one) on (someone or something)

To tell one key information about someone or something, especially some imminent issue or situation. Please brief me on the candidate that I'll be interviewing this afternoon. Someone needs to brief the CEO on the investigation before he speaks to the media.
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brief (someone) about (someone or something)

To tell someone key information about someone or something, often an issue or situation. Please brief me about the candidate that I'll be interviewing this afternoon. Someone needs to brief the CEO about the investigation before he speaks to the media.
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hold no brief for (someone or something)

To be unable or unwilling to tolerate or support someone or something. The senator has stated numerous times that he holds no brief for the "rights" of big corporations. The boss holds no brief for slackers.
See also: brief, for, hold, no

in brief

In summary; to say it briefly. The film was, in brief, dull. If you can, please explain it in brief.
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in snatches

In or for brief periods of time. I caught the speech in snatches, but the kids were screaming in the other room so I couldn't hear the TV properly. I was so anxious about how to pay for the car repairs that I only slept in snatches.
See also: snatch
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brief someone about someone or something

 and brief someone on someone or something
to tell someone a summary with the essential details about someone or something. We need to brief the president about the latest event. I have to brief Michael on the new procedures at work.
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hold no brief for someone or something

not to tolerate someone or something; to be opposed to someone or something. I hold no brief for Wally and his friends. Rachel holds no brief for that kind of thing.
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in brief

briefly; concisely. The whole story, in brief, is that Bob failed algebra because he did not study. Please tell me in brief why you want this job.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

hold no brief for

Refuse to support, dislike, as in I hold no brief for liars. This term is a negative version of the legal expression hold a brief for, meaning "to support or defend a position by argument." The noun brief has been used in this way since the 1200s.
See also: brief, for, hold, no

in brief

Also, in short; in a word. Concisely, in few words, to sum up. All three phrases usually precede or follow a summary statement, as in In brief, we didn't get much out of his speech, or There was no agenda; in short, they could discuss whatever they wanted to, or The sun was shining, the sky was clear-in a word, it was a beautiful day. The first expression dates from the early 1400s; in short dates from the 1300s but the present usage dates from the 1700s; the hyperbolic in a word (since there is nearly always more than one word) dates from the late 1500s.
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The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

hold no brief for something

If you hold no brief for a person, organization, activity or belief, you do not support them or respect them. This newspaper holds no special brief for a committee that has done nothing to distinguish itself in the past. He holds no brief for formal education. Note: In law, a brief is all the papers relating to a particular client's case that are collected by the client's solicitor and given to the barrister who will represent them in court.
See also: brief, for, hold, no, something

in brief

COMMON If someone says or writes something in brief, they use as few words as possible and do not give many details. This in brief is how I see the situation at the moment. The disease is discussed in brief here.
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Collins COBUILD Idioms Dictionary, 3rd ed. © HarperCollins Publishers 2012

hold no brief for

not support or argue in favour of.
The brief referred to is the summary of the facts and legal points in a case given to a barrister to argue in court.
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Farlex Partner Idioms Dictionary © Farlex 2017

hold no ˈbrief for somebody/something

(formal) not be in favour of or not support somebody/something, for example a cause, an idea, etc: I hold no brief for long prison sentences but this terrible crime really deserves one.
Brief in this expression is the summary of facts and legal points in a case that is given to a lawyer to argue in a court. If a lawyer ‘holds no brief for’ a person, company, etc. this is not one of their clients/cases.

in ˈbrief

in a few words: I won’t give a you a long history of the dispute; in brief, it led to the business closing.And now, the news in brief.
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in ˈsnatches

for short periods rather than continuously: Sleep came to him in brief snatches. OPPOSITE: at a stretch
See also: snatch
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in brief

In short.
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American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

hold no brief for, to

To refuse to endorse, support, or defend. The term comes from law, where to hold a brief for someone means to act as counsel for that person and to argue in his or her favor. The negative form of the expression became extremely common in the nineteenth century. The OED cites R. A. Knox writing in Spiritual Aeneid (1918): “When I was at Balliol we used to adopt the phrase ‘I hold no brief for so-and-so.’”
See also: brief, hold, no, to
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He departed Las Vegas a couple hours later, bound for Minden, Nev., a route taking him over the same area, right where the briefer told me the rotor cloud was churning.
This underscores the need to 'develop a system to integrate a reliable baseline as a starting point for a systematic monitoring of compliance of obligation fulfillment of Filipino migrant rights by duty bearers,' the briefer said, referring to the government departments both in the Philippines and abroad tasked with protecting and promoting migrant workers' rights.
While Dave Higdon's comment in his article "Blue-Sky Briefings" (March 2012) on "how and why any pilot would fly without a weather briefing defies logic" is self-evident, I would take issue with what I find to be a very counter-productive attitude on the part of numerous briefers over the years.
Researchers found brushing harder and longer removes only a little more bacteria than a briefer clean.
Moreover, if the rodent brainstem is subjected to low oxygen availability, the respiratory rhythm occasionally exhibits spasms of electrical activity that are briefer but much stronger than a typical burst.
'If you will not allow mining in your areas, then we will not allow,' Duterte said, browsing a briefer of Mindanao areas with large IP communities.
The takeaway was three-fold: The system was basically working in that pilots could get through to a briefer without needing roll-over minutes on their cell plans; over 50 percent of those surveyed felt quality and safety had gone down, not up; and LM was perfectly satisfied with how things were going.
Appendices provide briefer descriptions of all the games for the Atari Lynx and Game Boy and catalogue the add-ons to the three major consoles mentioned above.
On a flight in late March, I experienced first-hand Lockheed Martin's "services." The briefer could not have been nicer, but even after several attempts to explain my route of flight, he kept giving me information pertinent only several states south of my planned flight.
In the past decade or so, scientists have visualized such ultrafast reactions with laser pulses briefer than a trillionth of a second (SN: 11/13/99, p.
Most of the customers who packed the top peoples' Grafton Street store seemed to think it was a case of the briefer the better.
Romualdez cited Pope Francis' call for a 'briefer annulment process that involves the local bishop, and requires only a single judgment, dropping the need for an automatic appeal to a higher tribunal' in proposing the civil recognition of church annulment decrees.
I decided to call FSS that evening before my flight, which I rarely do because I can usually find all the information I need online and in most cases the only thing the briefer does is regurgitate what they see on ADDS.