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Using few words in speech or writing

quiet

adjective

used about people who are not talking or who do not usually talk much

silent

adjective

used about a person who does not usually talk to other people very much

brief

adjective

using only a few words

economical

adjective

an economical way of speaking or writing does not use more words than are necessary

concise

adjective

expressed using only a few words, but in a way that is easy to understand

terse

adjective

a terse statement or remark is very short and often shows that the person making it is annoyed

succinct

adjective

expressed in a very short but clear way

laconic

adjective

using very few words

monosyllabic

adjective

using very few words

in brief

using as few words as possible, and without many details

hostile architecture

the design of buildings or public spaces in a way which discourages people from touching, climbing or sitting on them …

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boots on the ground

a situation in which a country's armed forces are physically present in an area of conflict …

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