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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A settlement that would heal divisions in Nato and offer an alternative source of natural gas to Turkey is certainly not in Russia's interests which is why we should brace ourselves for plenty more unhelpful statements from Ms Zakharova and Osadchiy.
Following the usual prognostications in the press earlier in the year that we were going to bake in "killer" heat, with the hottest July and August likely, I am now waiting the tabloids to warn us to brace ourselves for the coldest and snowiest winter on record, which I shall take with a large pinch of salt.
ONCE again we are being told to brace ourselves for cuts in police spending and inevitably cuts in police on the beat.
Now all we English can do is brace ourselves for more tax increases to pay for these bribes.
The important question is, should we - the government and masses - brace ourselves for a water crisis now or should we start action now to avert the crisis?
AS the campaign for Scottish independence gathers momentum, we must brace ourselves for a period of claim and counter-claim, neither of which can be proved beyond doubt.
SIR - As the campaign for Scottish independence gathers momentum, we must brace ourselves for a period of claim and counter-claim, neither of which can be proved beyond doubt.
And if they do we should brace ourselves for another Gareth Bale scenario, because the Spaniards will not take no for an answer.
Ramifications of the political quake might prove more devastating than a naturally-induced one and we need to brace ourselves for confronting the risks, he exclaimed.
Let's brace ourselves for a snap of Helen pucker-free, wearing a polo neck and reading a book.
This has allowed us parents to brace ourselves for a rise.
As well as countless news stories, the case also led to a controversial TV movie Amanda Knox: Murder on Trial in Italy, and in the wake of her recent acquittal, we should probably brace ourselves for more versions of her story.
Jose Mourinho has also been linked with Eastlands, and given City's wealth and Champions League qualification, we're going to have to brace ourselves for more of the same kind of stories.
Weinberg said, 'We have to brace ourselves for the consequences of a banking sector problem or a knock-on sovereign-risk problem getting out of control.
Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard is warning the nation to "brace itself" and said there could be more deaths: " With 72 Australians unaccounted for, with floodwaters so dangerous and moving so swiftly, we do need to brace ourselves for the likelihood of further bad news.