brief·​case | \ ˈbrēf-ˌkās How to pronounce briefcase (audio) \

Definition of briefcase

: a flat flexible case for carrying papers or books

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Everything fits inside plastic mini briefcases with room to bring along a few other mini figures. Christina Barron, Washington Post, "Top travel toys and games for 2019," 10 June 2019 One time, according to legend, the two were arguing on the terrace of his suite when a briefcase was thrown. Leena Kim, Town & Country, "The Scandalous Secret History of the Chateau Marmont," 24 May 2019 Police on Friday are working to determine why Santa Perez, who reportedly was dressed in a business suit and carrying a briefcase during the shooting spree, carried out the attack. Greg Norman, Fox News, "Cincinnati shooter had troubled past, including arrests and 'rambling' lawsuits against MSNBC: reports," 7 Sep. 2018 Unbeknownst to his family, hours of footage were recorded by his colleagues and stashed away by Berwari on DVDs in a battered old briefcase. Thomas Page, CNN, "'The Deminer:' Unearthed videos reveal life and death of bomb disposal hero," 26 Apr. 2018 Bayley successfully cashed in her Money in the Bank briefcase on Charlotte shortly after winning it last month. Joe Nguyen, The Denver Post, "Stomping Grounds: Predictions, breakdowns of the WWE matches at Tacoma Dome," 16 June 2019 The briefcase full of nuclear launch codes that follows the president is well known, a staple of political thrillers and news coverage. Ed Burmila, The New Republic, "If Trump wanted to give himself sweeping new powers, could anyone stop him?," 13 June 2019 Claus von Stauffenberg's failed attempt to kill Hitler with a briefcase bomb. Kirsten Grieshaber And David Rising,, "From loss to liberation: How Germans view celebrations of Allied victory over their Nazi ancestors," 6 June 2019 The work entails arduous journeys by train, road, helicopter and boat, accompanied by porters who carry the briefcase-sized voting machines, registers, ink and other election paraphernalia on their backs. Amrit Dhillon, The Seattle Times, "Poll workers journey to reach India’s most remote voters," 14 Apr. 2019

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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


brief·​case | \ ˈbrēf-ˌkās How to pronounce briefcase (audio) \

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: a flat case for carrying papers or books

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