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  • But with the clergy Martin was brief, and his drinking and poker he never concealed.
  • During her absence the others gave a brief musical program.

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  • She merely gave orders, brief, humorous, and introduced by a strident "Now don’t be silly," and she expected that to settle the matter.
  • This summer Pickerbaugh had shouted and hand-shaken his way through a brief Chautauqua tour in Iowa, Nebraska, and Kansas.
  • And indeed, as Martin met the staff at lunch, Wickett was the only one whom he did not find courteous, however brief their greetings.
  • They sang a brief cheerful hymn or two— Martin wondering whether to sit or stand—and the chairman prayed that "our friend who will address us today may have power to put his Message across."
  • No matter how brief the jaunt, she must first go to her room for white gloves—placidly stand there drawing them on…… And in London she made him buy spats …. and even wear them.
  • He nodded and gurgled in brief smothering sleep; he sprawled on the seat and talked with friendly fellow vagrants; he drank bitter coffee and ate enormously of buckwheat cakes at a station restaurant; and so, changing at anonymous towns, he came at last to the squatty shelters, the two wheat-elevators, the cattle-pen, the oil-tank, and the red box of a station with its slushy platform, which composed the outskirts of Wheatsylvania.
  • He won a brief tolerance by explaining that he really had longed to kiss her good-night, that he did appreciate the basket of sandwiches which she had sent, and that he was about to remove pneumonia from the human race, a statement which he healthily doubted.

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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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