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  • Four times during the first six days they were assembled and briefed and then sent back.
  • The officers of the other five planes in each flight arrived in trucks for the general briefing that took place thirty minutes later.

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  • He wrote brief, untroubled letters to her once a week, sometimes twice.
  • At the briefing room Yossarian made his intelligence report to Captain Black and then waited in muttering suspense with all the others until Orr chugged into sight overhead finally with his one good engine still keeping him aloft gamely.
  • We were speaking about conducting religious services in the briefing room before each mission.
  • ’I suppose we’ll have to keep you waiting outside until the briefing is over, because all that information is classified.
  • Frankly, though, I’d just as soon the officers and enlisted men didn’t fraternize in the briefing room.
  • He just wanted to discuss the possibility of saying prayers in the briefing room before each mission.
  • ’Food poisoning (during Bologna)’ and ’Moaning (epidemic of during Avignon briefing)’ he wrote in a bold, decisive hand: ?
  • And let’s continue this goddam briefing before the war ends.

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  • As soon as Major Danby had been pushed outside, though, there was no one to continue the briefing.
  • Back on the ground, every eye watched grimly as he walked in dull dejection up to Captain Black outside the green clapboard briefing room to make his intelligence report and learned that Colonel Cathcart and Colonel Korn were waiting to speak to him inside.
  • The chaplain looked down at the open magazine compliantly and saw an editorial spread dealing with an American bomber group in England whose chaplain said prayers in the briefing room before each mission.
  • Appleby retreated from Yossarian with a look of loathing bewilderment and sulked in silence until he was in the jeep with Havermeyer riding down the long, straight road to the briefing room, where Major Danby, the fidgeting group operations officer, was waiting to conduct the preliminary briefing with all the lead pilots, bombardiers and navigators.
  • Appleby retreated from Yossarian with a look of loathing bewilderment and sulked in silence until he was in the jeep with Havermeyer riding down the long, straight road to the briefing room, where Major Danby, the fidgeting group operations officer, was waiting to conduct the preliminary briefing with all the lead pilots, bombardiers and navigators.
  • The bottle shattered harmlessly far away with a brief and muted noise.
  • He smiled nervously when his brief ordeal had ended.
  • We may even get there in time for the briefing.
  • They arrived at Colonel Cathcart’s group too late to attend the preliminary briefing and hear Major Danby insist, ’But it is there, I tell you.
  • ’What’s the trouble?’ inquired Colonel Korn, moving leisurely across the briefing room with his hands in his pockets and his tan shirt baggy.
  • Carry on with the briefing, Danby.
  • Don’t forget that General Peckem will be here for the full briefing, and you know how he feels about bomb patterns.
  • I’ll conduct the briefing.’
  • Colonel Cathcart inquired, after he had driven up for the full briefing with General Peckem and Colonel Scheisskopf.
  • I was going to conduct the briefing anyway.
  • The three enlisted men in each crew were not briefed at all, but were carried directly out on the airfield to the separate planes in which they were scheduled to fly that day, where they waited around with the ground crew until the officers with whom they had been scheduled to fly swung off the rattling tailgates of the trucks delivering them and it was time to climb aboard and start up.
  • With a masterful flourish, he brought the briefing to a close and turned expectantly to receive ardent congratulations from General Dreedle — who was already striding out of the building without a glance backward, trailing his nurse and Colonel Moodus behind him.
  • Colonel Cathcart countermanded himself an instant later when he remembered how good a job Colonel Korn had done before General Dreedle at the first Avignon briefing.
  • He had proved himself brilliantly under pressure, and he concluded the briefing with an inspiring peroration that every instinct told him was a masterful exhibition of eloquent tact and subtlety.
  • General Dreedle’s nurse always followed General Dreedle everywhere he went, even into the briefing room just before the mission to Avignon, where she stood with her asinine smile at the side of the platform and bloomed like a fertile oasis at General Dreedle’s shoulder in her pink-and-green uniform.
  • Almost two hundred tired, gaunt, downcast men stood holding their parachute packs in a somber and unstirring crowd outside the briefing room, their faces staring blankly in different angles of stunned dejection.
  • That’s odd, Chaplain,’ said the officer, taking from the folder another typewritten yellow page, ’because I have here in my hands now another statement from Colonel Cathcart in which he swears that you refused to co-operate with him in conducting prayer meetings in the briefing room before each mission.
  • …deliberation, he licked the tip of his pencil carefully and wrote under ’Black Eyes!!! ’ after intent intervals: Ferrara Bologna (bomb line moved on map during) Skeet range Naked man information (after Avignon) Then he added: Food poisoning (during Bologna) and Moaning (epidemic of during Avignon briefing) Then he added: Chaplain (hanging around officers’ club every night) He decided to be charitable about the chaplain, even though he did not like him, and under ’Feathers in My Cap!!!
  • …gunners below whom he could not even see and could not possibly harm with his machine gun even if he ever did take the time to open fire, at Havermeyer and Appleby in the lead plane for their fearless straight and level bomb run on the second mission to Bologna where the flak from two hundred and twenty-four cannons had knocked out one of Orr’s engines for the very last time and sent him down ditching into the sea between Genoa and La Spezia just before the brief thunderstorm broke.
  • …or even to conspire again with Dobbs to murder Colonel Cathcart, for the alert sounded suddenly at dawn the next day and the men were rushed into the trucks before a decent breakfast could be prepared, and they were driven at top speed to the briefing room and then out to the airfield, where the clitterclattering fuel trucks were still pumping gasoline into the tanks of the planes and the scampering crews of armorers were toiling as swiftly as they could at hoisting the thousand-pound…
  • As he told them frequently in the briefing room, he believed they were at least ten missions better than any other outfit and felt that any who did not share this confidence he had placed in them could get the hell out.
  • He stepped into the briefing room with mixed emotions, uncertain how he was supposed to feel about Kraft and the others, for they had all died in the distance of a mute and secluded agony at a moment when he was up to his own ass in the same vile, excruciating dilemma of duty and damnation.

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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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