brace (oneself) for (something)

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brace (oneself) for (something)

To physically or mentally prepare oneself for something, typically something that is imminent, in an attempt to limit any adverse impact. I braced myself for that big bump by holding onto the seat in front of me. I had braced myself for rejection, so hearing that I'd gotten the promotion was a very pleasant surprise!
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brace oneself for something

 
1. Lit. to hang onto something or prop oneself against something in preparation for something that might cause one to fall, blow away, wash away, etc. Hold onto the rail. Brace yourself. Here comes another huge wave.
2. Fig. to prepare for the shock or force of something. Brace yourself for a shock. As the boat leaned to the right, I braced myself for whatever might happen next.
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Sereno should brace herself for a very dirty and tough battle ahead.
After uncovering the secrets the man she married has been keeping from her, the senior GP must brace herself for the last time as she takes on a mission to reveal all of his betrayals.
London, Jan 18 ( ANI ): Every time Lauren Harry feels a sneeze coming on, she has to brace herself for a whole load of pain.
Anne Boleyn, who was last week heard to moan that you can't have three people in a marriage, finds a playing card representing herself with its head cut off, and as Thomas More (Jeremy Northam) hands in his resignation he warns his daughter to brace herself for the possibility of him becoming a martyr to the cause.
PALMDALE - It's bound to happen over and over this year when the Palmdale High girls' volleyball team is playing or practicing: Junior outside hitter Kristy Nua will leap high for a kill, hit the ball, then brace herself for the fall back to the floor.
But Walsh has secretly visited the 17-year-old at her home and told her to brace herself for the big time.