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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Zero Compression Back Brace provides trusted and supreme quality back brace for the ultimate relief of lower back pain.
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After testing this brace for several weeks, I'm convinced it is the best pistol brace on the market--but then again it better be, for a starting price of $395.
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Subsequently, we have used this brace for ten additional patients with no observed complications.
Those in the first group received an eight-week home exercise program; those in the second group were fitted with a semi-rigid ankle brace to wear during all sports activities for 12 months; and the third group did home exercise for eight weeks and wore the brace for eight weeks.
All patients ultimately received 12 weeks of brace, and wore their brace for an average of 7.
a leader in design, innovation, and manufacture of pediatric orthoses, recently announced the latest product developments to its bracing line--the DAFO 9, an improved night-stretching brace for greater patient comfort and the DAFO Floor Reaction for patients with excessive dorsiflexion.
Colville et al (1986) examined the effectiveness of a functional knee brace for treatment of knee instability at 20 degree of flexion and reported that at 100 N anterior force, the tibial displacement decreased by 29% following bracing.
Former Post editor Jack Reedy, who worked with Brace for nearly 20 years, described him as modest and gentle in nature but one of the foremost literary editors in the country.
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