brier brier  /b ˈraɪ ər/


  1. (n) tangled mass of prickly plants
  2. (n) a thorny stem or twig
  3. (n) Eurasian rose with prickly stems and fragrant leaves and bright pink flowers followed by scarlet hips
  4. (n) a very prickly woody vine of the eastern United States growing in tangled masses having tough round stems with shiny leathery leaves and small greenish flowers followed by clusters of inedible shiny black berries
  5. (n) evergreen treelike Mediterranean shrub having fragrant white flowers in large terminal panicles and hard woody roots used to make tobacco pipes


  1. Europe was a collection of untamed forests, countless mile upon mile of trees and brush and brier, dark and inhospitable.
  2. He often made photographers wait for pictures while he found an old brier pipe, which he never smokes but likes to wear clamped between his teeth.
  3. But the consolidation could happen, as anything can happen, in the brier patch of Chicago politics, where even in death the late mayor still casts a giant shadow.


  1. EMMYS Q&A: Kat Dennings

    Anthony D’Alessandro is Managing Editor of AwardsLine. After stealing comedic thunder from the goddesses in her 2000 debut as the foul-mouthed Jewish princess Jenny Brier in Sex And The City , Kat Dennings made an impression on the show’s creator, Michael Patrick King. So when King offered Dennings a shot at playing a free-spirited New York waitress in the CBS series 2 Broke Girls , which he co ...
    on June 20, 2013     Source: Deadline Hollywood

  2. 9 Fake Ads That Push J.C. Penney To Capitalize On One CEO's PR Blunder (And Get Back On Top)

    As other retailers struggle with slipping sales, branding problems, and public relations controversies--or, in some cases, all three--an opportunity emerges for the once-venerable company. Brand strategist David Brier of DBD International shows how they can seize it. Following last year’s net losses of nearly $1 billion, J.C. Penney lost an additional $348 million the first quarter of 2013 ...
    on June 19, 2013     Source: Fast Company Magazine


  1. "Not a team at the Brier played that good the first five or six ends," said Kennedy. "Every opportunity they had to capitalize they did. You just have to weather the storm and hope you get some misses late in the game. All you can do is try...
    on Apr 8, 2008 By: Marc Kennedy Source: Globe and Mail

  2. "We've had some battles over the years and it's probably 50-50 - we've won half and he's won half and usually epic battles. I'm really hoping for a similar sort of games that we played in the Brier last year with a little different outcome,"...
    on Dec 10, 2009 By: Glenn Howard Source: Toronto Star

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