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b rahy er

  • n  Eurasian rose with prickly stems and fragrant leaves and bright pink flowers followed by scarlet hips
  • 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
  • n  evergreen treelike Mediterranean shrub having fragrant white flowers in large terminal panicles and hard woody roots used to make tobacco pipes
  • n  a pipe made from the root (briarroot) of the tree heath

  • Please, don't throw us into that briar patch!" But it's all seemed less funny since Hurricane Katrina, when Corps failures ruined a great American city.
  • There's a part of me that feels the Insurance Industry is having a "Don't throw me into the briar patch" moment.
  • Charms were popular: for convulsions, pour baptismal water over the peony bush; for bedwetting, fried-mouse pie; for a cold, crawl through a double-rooted briar toward the east .
News & Articles


  • Ken Burns in Philadelphia Inquirer
    I'm Br'er Rabbit. I got to go back in the briar patch and tell more stories,Burns says, recognizing a good sound bite when he hears one. "I didn't change the essential integrity of the film. It was a win-win."
  • Mark Sanford in Myrtle Beach Sun News
    The cynic would say, 'OK, you're in the briar patch. Now, you're going to take the heat for those vetoes,'Sanford said after the meeting. "The optimist would say, 'No, here's an opportunity.' We've been talking about it for years, to sit...
  • Jimmy Raye in Sacramento Bee
    He wants a tough-minded football team,Raye said. "He's a middle linebacker that understands the grunt part of the game, the briar patch if you will. He wanted to find someone with a similar vision."

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