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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Every time I plug my laptop into it, or unplug the computer to take it with me, I brace myself for a shock.
With the order for six presents cancelled, I've now got to move from the digital high street to shopping in the real world and brace myself for Carnage Monday.
WHEN I accepted an invitation to take part in an awards ceremony at the Oasis Academy school in Croydon during week, I was told to just brace myself for two hours of handshakes and backslaps.
When the phrase 'green hotels' looms closer on the editorial calendar, I brace myself for the usual barrage of beach clean-ups, new shower installations, LED retrofits and the ubiquitous Earth Hour 'achievements'.
I'll just have to brace myself for when none of them win.
She said: "Every morning I would brace myself for whatever mood he was in when he woke up.
All I could do was brake and brace myself for the impact.
The fight has been emotionally draining, but now I have to brace myself for the treatment - a drip of Herceptin put in my arm for an hour every three weeks for a year.
Everybody likes to join bandwagons so with England's triumph I brace myself for an influx of luvvies and their ilk at rugger matches.
I drive to the doctor's surgery and brace myself for Ordealby Receptionist.
She prattles on about how rattled her nerves are after traversing a military checkpoint and portentously intoning at times, ``I brace myself for the next part of my journey,'' and,``In this neighborhood, I fear for my own safety.
I brace myself for the onslaught which I know is about to happen and say to myself it's happening again.