from The Century Dictionary.

  • Having no brief: as, a briefless barrister.

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  • adjective Having no brief; without clients.

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  • adjective law Lacking briefs (clients)

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  • adjective (of lawyers or barristers) lacking clients


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brief +‎ -less


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  • Shirker, who has about as much warmth as an eel, made up to Polly years and years ago, and was no bad match for a briefless barrister, as he was then.

    The Book of Snobs

  • Rumpole has been reduced to going to some free law advice place in the East End where he went as a young and briefless barrister.

    Rumpole and the Reign of Terror

  • But a short time since he was hungry and briefless in some garret of the

    The History of Pendennis

  • Then they had often discussed together the objects of their ambition and future prospects; then Tom Towers was struggling hard to maintain himself, as a briefless barrister, by shorthand reporting for any of the papers that would engage him; then he had not dared to dream of writing leaders for The Jupiter, or canvassing the conduct of Cabinet ministers.

    The Warden

  • She half closed her eyes, and indulged herself in a fascinating picture of a briefless barrister lodged in a garret, writing immortal novels by the light of a farthing dip.

    Night and Day, by Virginia Woolf

  • They had chosen their part, and she had chosen hers, — and had thought that she might climb to the glory of wealth and rank, while they would have to marry hard-working clergymen and briefless barristers.

    The American Senator

  • When Nora Rowley made those comparisons between Mr Hugh Stanbury and Mr Charles Glascock, they were always wound up very much in favour of the briefless barrister.

    He Knew He Was Right

  • He could not dare to face his friends in London as a young briefless barrister.

    Phineas Finn

  • The attorney has always been seen as a briefless lawyer.

    `Highlights' of 7th ANPP Assembly

  • The magazine was not named after the publisher but after its sponsor, Hugh Fraser, a "briefless barrister" and man about town.

    Early Reviews of English Poets


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