debrief : Common Errors in English

About debrief

“Debrief” has leaked out of the military and national security realms into the business world, where people seem pretty confused about it. When you send people out on missions, you brief them—give them information they’ll need. You give them a briefing. When they come back, you debrief them by asking them what they did and found out. Note that in both cases it’s not the person doing the actual work but the boss or audience that does the briefing and debriefing. But people commonly use “debrief” when they mean “report.”The verb “brief” comes originally from law, where someone being given a legal brief (instructions on handling a case) can be said to have been briefed. Debriefing has nothing to do with underwear.

debrief Meaning(s)

  • (v) put someone through a debriefing and make him report

debrief in News

  • Fire at Berkeley’s Nash Hotel closes University Avenue

    By Tracey Taylor and Frances Dinkelspiel Update, 9:04 pm: Having now had the opportunity to debrief with responding firefighters, BFD Interim Deputy Chief Avery Webb said that 12 rescues occurred at the site of the fire this morning. Most rescues were made using ground ladders to the second and third floor windows and to the rear fire escape, he said. One rescue was accomplished via the aerial ...
    on June 11, 2013 Source: Berkeleyside

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