brief and the long / tedious, the Old form(s): breefe , breff
the long and the short
AW II.iii.28[Parolles to Lafew, of the King's cure] 'tis very strange, that is the brief and the tedious of it
H5 III.ii.114[Jamy to Fluellen and Macmorris] ay'll pay't as valorously as I may ... that is the breff and the long >> SCOTTISH, p.000
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