briefly briefly  /b ˈrif li/


  1. (adv) for a short time
  2. (adv) in a concise manner; in a few words



  1. He practiced medicine briefly in Hong Kong in 1893.
  2. He graduated from Yale in 1921 and worked briefly on Wall Street but got thoroughly bored.
  3. Red Sox center fielder Leon Culberson bobbled the ball briefly, and there was no stopping Slaughter who recklessly ran through a stop sign at third and charged home.


  1. The News, Briefly

    The News, Briefly: Beer Train Draws Criticism, Peace Bridge Access: 3 Ways of Looking at a Public Meeting, At the Schoellkopf Power Station, Common Council Report, War Between the Dems: Dispatch From the Cheektowaga Front, Buffalo CarShare Launces Expansion Effort
    on June 13, 2013     Source: Artvoice

  2. Boulder Theater briefly evacuated after bird's nest catches fire in marquee

    The Boulder Theater was briefly evacuated during an environmental conference attended by Robert F. Kennedy on Wednesday morning after a bird's nest caught fire in the marquee above the entrance.
    on June 12, 2013     Source: Denver Post

  3. Turkish riot police briefly enter Istanbul Gezi Park: eyewitness

    ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Several dozen Turkish riot police on Tuesday briefly entered the Gezi Park in central Istanbul at the heart of two weeks of protests which have turned into nationwide anti-government demonstrations, an eyewitness said. The police gathered in an area below trees on the fringes of the park and remained there for around 10 minutes before withdrawing down steps back into the ...
    on June 11, 2013     Source: Reuters via Yahoo! News


  1. "There were people in the crowd that had been insulting me since the beginning of the match," Hanescu said in a statement issued by the ATP. "I lost my control briefly in the fifth set after another insult from someone in the crowd. I should...
    on Jun 26, 2010 By: Victor Hanescu Source: The Associated Press

  2. "This briefly came up and the president said, 'I've been hearing about this election fraud issue from members of Congress and want to be sure you're on top of it as well,'" Bartlett said.
    on Mar 13, 2007 By: Dan Bartlett Source: Forbes

  3. "If we won the race, we'd look like geniuses, Steve [Letarte, crew chief] would have. The fact that we lost the race, now Chad [Knaus, Johnson's crew chief] looks like a genius," Gordon said. "I talked to Steve briefly after the race. He's...
    on Feb 28, 2010 By: Jeff Gordon Source: News & Observer

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