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(Law) (said of a barrister) without clients


(ˈbrif lɪs)

having no clients, as a lawyer.
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Adj.1.briefless - (of lawyers or barristers) lacking clients
patronless, unpatronised, unpatronized - having little patronage or few clients; "a restaurant unpatronized by the elite"
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Briefless, the barrister's wife, who is of a good family certainly, but, as we all know, is as poor as poor can be.
He relates to us all the various steps by which his office-boy rose to be the "ruler of the queen's navee," and explains to us how the briefless barrister managed to become a great and good judge, "ready to try this breach of promise of marriage.
She half closed her eyes, and indulged herself in a fascinating picture of a briefless barrister lodged in a garret, writing immortal novels by the light of a farthing dip.