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briefcase

[breef-keys] /ˈbrifˌkeɪs/
noun
1.
a flat, rectangular case with a handle, often of leather, for carrying books, papers, etc.
Origin
1925-1930
1925-30; brief (noun) + case2
Can be confused
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British Dictionary definitions for brief case

briefcase

/ˈbriːfˌkeɪs/
noun
1.
a flat portable case, often of leather, for carrying papers, books, etc
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Word Origin and History for brief case

briefcase

n.

"portable folding case for holding papers," 1926, from brief (n.) in the paper sense + case (n.2).

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