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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The development came as Mrs May braced herself for possible defeat in the Commons next week on an amendment which would require her to try to negotiate a permanent customs union with the remaining EU.
CABINET Brexit splits burst open last night as David Davis refused to rule out quitting and Theresa May braced herself for a backlash to her withdrawal plan.
De Lima, nevertheless, braced herself for the worst possible scenario, noting how the President was hell-bent on putting her in jail based on his own public pronouncements.
Having ridden the dog bus fairly frequently over the years, this reviewer braced herself for a horror story.
After a switch to TVS's regional news programme, she braced herself for 3am starts with breakfast programmes for the BBC and ITV, before quitting to do Ready Steady Cook.
He looked at it's mother and said, "Oh, what a beautiful little baby!" The mother, who had braced herself for Johnny's comment, was pleasantly surprised and said, "Thank you very much, Little Johnny." He then said," This baby has perfect little hands and perfect little feet.
Reminiscing her initial days in the US, she writes on her blog: " Sure, at that moment it was a little scary and I was alone and virtually helpless, but you don't become the Marilyn Monroe of Bollywood by shaking in your boots." ' Bollywood's Marilyn Monroe' says she braced herself for the hailstorm of fans and flashing lights of paparazzi when she landed in Los Angles for the post- production of her long- stuck international movie, HISSS .
She knew the settlement would make the news the next day and had braced herself for the fallout, but she never imagined the extreme effort it would take to respond to the media onslaught, bolster demoralized employees, and reassure customers and shareholders that Xerox would survive.
ICE-COOL winner Paula Cox braced herself for the cold after scooping a chilly holiday in a competition.
The second reorganization came nine months later and Deplanter braced herself for the worst.
CHRISTINE OHURUOGU crossed the finish line first at Hampden Park last night then braced herself for a 'gunfight'.
After her candid confession I trust she's braced herself for a truly grisly demise.