brief (adj.) Old form(s): breefe, breefest , briefe
quick, speedy, swift, expeditious
AC IV.xv.90[Cleopatra to all] we have no friend / But resolution, and the briefest end
KL V.iii.243[Edmund to Albany] Quickly send - / Be brief in it - to the castle
R3 II.ii.43[Queen Elizabeth to all] If you will live, lament; if die, be brief
R3 IV.iii.57[King Richard to Ratcliffe] We must be brief when traitors brave the field
TS III.i.65[Hortensio as Licio to Bianca, of playing the lute] I must begin ... / To teach you gamut in a briefer sort
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