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brief (both senses were common Eliz.)
1. letter, dispatch 1H4 IV. iv. 1 “this sealed brief.”
2. short account, summary, abstract MND. V. i. 42 “There is a brief how many sports are ripe,” All'sW. V. iii. 137 “a sweet verbal brief,” Ant. V. ii. 137 “a brief of money, plate, and jewels” ; fig. John II. i. 103.
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  • Cross-references in text-specific dictionaries from this page (4):
    • William Shakespeare, Anthony and Cleopatra, 5.2
    • William Shakespeare, King John, 2.1
    • William Shakespeare, The First Part of Henry IV, 4.4
    • William Shakespeare, A Midsummer Night's Dream, 5.1
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