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    Work to a brief

    I want to translate the expression "but the design team worked to a brief that demanded improvements", but I don't know the meaning of "worked to a brief.

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    Lennart

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    Re: Work to a brief

    'A brief' (in this context - design) is a specification of work to be done. There can be less specific kinds of brief (e.g. His job was not to involve himself in the day-to-day business; he had a watching brief.).

    In a legal context, brief has a particular meaning, referring to the lawyer's knowledge of a case (those parts of his client's affairs that pertain to the case, excluding other matters: I didn't know about his tax affairs - they weren't part of the brief. I believe this is where the word briefcase comes from - but don't quote me, as I haven't looked it up (yet)

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    Re: Work to a brief

    Online Etymology Dictionary - Brief

    The Shorter Oxford English Dictionary used to gloss 'abbreviator' as 'Vatican official who draws up the Pope's briefs'. I don't know if the latest edition does.

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