One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘Henry paused briefly’
momentarily, temporarily, for a few moments, for a few seconds, for a little while
hurriedly, hastily, quickly, fleetingly
2‘briefly, the plot is as follows’
in short, in brief, to put it briefly, to cut a long story short, in a word, to sum up, in sum, to come to the point, in a nutshell, to put it in a nutshell, in essence, in outline
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