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To Kill a Mockingbird
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  • Dill and Jem emerged from a brief huddle: "If you stay you've got to do what we tell you," Dill warned.
  • The sixth grade seemed to please him from the beginning: he went through a brief Egyptian Period that baffled me— he tried to walk flat a great deal, sticking one arm in front of him and one in back of him, putting one foot behind the other.

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  • Jem's face showed brief indecision on the ethics of withholding his own dime, but his innate courtesy won and he shifted his dime to his pocket.
  • I suppose his brief burst of fame brought on a briefer burst of industry, but his job lasted only as long as his notoriety: Mr. Ewell found himself as forgotten as Tom Robinson.
  • There was a brief obituary in the Colored News, but there was also an editorial.
  • I suppose his brief burst of fame brought on a briefer burst of industry, but his job lasted only as long as his notoriety: Mr. Ewell found himself as forgotten as Tom Robinson.
  • …an honest effort to remain so, by looking down and concentrating on the heads below: there were sixteen bald ones, fourteen men that could pass for redheads, forty heads varying between brown and black, and— I remembered something Jem had once explained to me when he went through a brief period of psychical research: he said if enough people— a stadium full, maybe— were to concentrate on one thing, such as setting a tree afire in the woods, that the tree would ignite of its own accord.
  • "Gentlemen," he was saying, "I shall be brief, but I would like to use my remaining time with you to remind you that this case is not a difficult one, it requires no minute sifting of complicated facts, but it does require you to be sure beyond all reasonable doubt as to the guilt of the defendant.

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as in: briefed her Define
to give a summary of important information to someone
as in: legal brief Define
a summary of important facts -- especially an opinion of a legal case
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