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ˈbrifˌkeɪsbrief·case

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. briefcasenoun

    a case with a handle; for carrying papers or files or books

Wiktionary

  1. briefcasenoun

    a case used for carrying documents (especially by business people)

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  1. Briefcase

    A briefcase is a narrow box-shaped bag or case used mainly for carrying papers and other documents and equipped with a handle. Lawyers commonly use briefcases to carry briefs to present to a court, hence the name. Businesspeople and other professionals also use briefcases to carry important papers and, today, laptop computers. Briefcases are descendants of the limp satchel used in the fourteenth century for carrying money and valuables. It was called a "budget", derived from the Latin word "bulga" or Irish word "bolg", both meaning leather bag, and also the source of the financial term "budget". Godillot of Paris was the first to use a hinged iron frame on a carpet bag, in 1826. There then followed the Gladstone bag and the Rosebery, an oval-top bag. Eventually these became the modern metal-framed briefcase. The first of what is known as the modern rectangular briefcase is said to have been invented in the late 1850s.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of briefcase in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of briefcase in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of briefcase in a Sentence

  1. Jennifer Nelson:

    On one hand, the woman was empowered ... she was a briefcase-carrying worker outside the home. But then there was the superwoman complex that came along and meant that while she was doing all that, she was also raising kids, and she was also trying to please her man, it was like, OK women — you wanted it all so now you can work, you can raise kids, you can look sexy and make the money.

  2. Shelley Clark:

    We can think of iconic images like The Atlantic monthly cover of the mom carrying the kid in the briefcase to work and how absurd that's supposed to be to us, but then when we think of women in lower-income countries, you think of the mom selling goods at the market with a kid strapped to her back, and you think,' Well, that's not a problem for her, because she can easily combine child care and work,' there's this perception out there that for the kinds of work that women do in lower-income countries, it's easier to combine child care and work.

  3. Otto Frank:

    ‘It was about half past ten. I was upstairs in the van Pels’s part of the house, in Peter’s room, doing schoolwork with him. Suddenly someone came running up the stairs. Then the door flew open and a man stood before us holding his pistol aimed at my chest. Downstairs all the others were already assembled. My wife and the children and the van Pels family were standing there with raised hands. Then Fritz Pfeffer came in, followed by another stranger. The policemen ordered us to hand over our valuables. Silberbauer took Anne’s briefcase. He shook everything out, dumping the contents on the floor, so that Anne’s papers and notebooks and loose sheets lay scattered all over the floorboards.’

  4. Curtis Armstrong:

    Everybody has their own opinions about what the reason was, after a while, they were barely even trying to hide it … It was a fairly well-known fact that they did not get along … I think there was a briefcase thrown at one point.

  5. Minor Myers:

    These cases suggest appraisal can still be a useful remedy for a stockholder, but you can't just have a briefcase full of analysis and hope to pull the wool over a judge's eyes.

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