brief·case | \ˈbrēf-ˌkās \

Definition of briefcase 

: a flat flexible case for carrying papers or books

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Actress Eva Maria Saint, taking her portraits and calling cards from her briefcase. Eliza Berman, Time, "Who Is Eva Marie Saint? Reintroducing the 1955 Oscar Winner," 5 Mar. 2018 The back window is broken, and the briefcase is gone. Howard Reich,, "Remembering the genius of William Russo," 18 June 2018 The unexpected decision to have Strowman win the briefcase adds a lot of interest into the WWE product, beginning right away on Raw. Justin Barrasso,, "The Key Takeaways From WWE's Money in the Bank," 18 June 2018 The scientists used a portable, briefcase-size device that pulls air from the surface of the skin and collects VOCs in a filter for later laboratory analysis, using gas chromatography–mass spectrometry. Richard Conniff, Scientific American, "Is Malaria’s Peculiar Odor the Key to Its Conquest?," 14 May 2018 In another first for the mission, a pair of briefcase-size satellites will launch aboard InSight, break free after liftoff, then follow the spacecraft for six months all the way to Mars. Marcia Dunn, The Christian Science Monitor, "InSight spacecraft has a deep mission in Martian soil," 2 May 2018 The briefcase was recovered June 22 on Milwaukee's north side. Bill Kurtz, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Lock those cars: Rash of thefts from vehicles reported in Mequon," 3 July 2018 Three years after his death, the briefcase was discovered by Berwari's son, Abdulla. Thomas Page, CNN, "'The Deminer:' Unearthed videos reveal life and death of bomb disposal hero," 26 Apr. 2018 Carmella is the first woman to ever cash in a Money in the Bank contract after holding onto the briefcase for longer than any man ever did. Gene Guillot,, "The best 34 parts of an awesome WrestleMania week," 12 Apr. 2018

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1900, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of briefcase

: a flat case that is used for carrying papers or books


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: a flat case for carrying papers or books

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