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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After a few moments the "slough" is passed, and the horses stop, panting;--the senator finds his hat, the woman straightens her bonnet and hushes her child, and they brace themselves for what is yet to come.
Summary: Christmas preparations are being put on hold by thousands of people as they brace themselves for further flooding.
CARE costs look set to increase in the Midlands as authorities brace themselves for an explosion of ageing residents.
THE UK is in "grave danger of financial collapse" and people must brace themselves for dramatic changes in the review of public spending, Justice Secretary Kenneth Clarke warned today.
DEFENCE giant Qinetiq has warned workers to brace themselves for job cuts after profits slumped by a third.
CDATA[ In tabloid cartoons and dinner conversations, Israelis brace themselves for war with Iran.
RESIDENTS are warned to brace themselves for industrial action tomorrow by Enterprise Liverpool.
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Passengers on the US Airways aircraft prayed as pilot Chesley Sullenberger told them to brace themselves for a heavy landing after the plane got into difficulties shortly after take-off.
And motorists must brace themselves for further rises in the coming months, with an increase of 2p a litre due next April and a further rise of 1.
The tongue-in-cheek negative approach in How To Self-Destruct drives its points home with an unforgettable dose of wry humor, though fans of video games, Bill O'Reilly, casual Fridays, and other aspects of popular culture should brace themselves for a snarky denouncing.
PREMIERSHIP chiefs have been warned to brace themselves for a legal battle unless they back down over a TV wrangle.
Fans at all-star football games always brace themselves for big plays and long touchdowns.
In addition, they said gay people should brace themselves for initial hostility after coming out.
Shopkeepers say there is still plenty of cash left in people's pockets as they brace themselves for today's sales rush.