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having no brief.
having no clients, as a lawyer.
Historical Examples

Great Men and Famous Women. Vol. 3 of 8 Various
Tales from “Blackwood,” Volume 2 Various
Early Reviews of English Poets John Louis Haney
Tommy and Co. Jerome K. Jerome
The Silent Isle Arthur Christopher Benson
The Mystery of the Green Ray William Le Queux
Jonathan and His Continent Max O’Rell
Punch, or the London Charivari, Vol. 105 December 9, 1893 Various
Ishmael Mrs. E. D. E. N. Southworth
Happy Days Alan Alexander Milne

(said of a barrister) without clients


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