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brief
used in David Copperfield

7 uses
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  • And Miss Mills smiled thoughtfully, as who should say, 'Ye Mayflies, enjoy your brief existence in the bright morning of life!'
    Chapters 31-33 (83% in)
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • 'You're a pretty fellow!' said Miss Mowcher, after a brief inspection.
    Chapters 22-24 (28% in)
  • With this brief introduction, she produced from her pocket an advertisement, carefully cut out of a newspaper, setting forth that in Buckingham Street in the Adelphi there was to be let furnished, with a view of the river, a singularly desirable, and compact set of chambers, forming a genteel residence for a young gentleman, a member of one of the Inns of Court, or otherwise, with immediate possession.
    Chapters 22-24 (77% in)
  • He has a kind of talent for drawing briefs, and stating a case in writing, plainly.
    Chapters 25-27 (19% in)
  • It was from Peggotty; something less legible than usual, and brief.
    Chapters 28-30 (48% in)
  • From this document, I learned that Mr. Micawber being again arrested, 'Was in a final paroxysm of despair; and that he begged me to send him his knife and pint pot, by bearer, as they might prove serviceable during the brief remainder of his existence, in jail.
    Chapters 55-57 (76% in)
  • The idea of those Devonshire girls, among the dry law-stationers and the attorneys' offices; and of the tea and toast, and children's songs, in that grim atmosphere of pounce and parchment, red-tape, dusty wafers, ink-jars, brief and draft paper, law reports, writs, declarations, and bills of costs; seemed almost as pleasantly fanciful as if I had dreamed that the Sultan's famous family had been admitted on the roll of attorneys, and had brought the talking bird, the singing tree, and...
    Chapters 58-60 (54% in)

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