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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References in classic literature ?
"Bunny!" he cried, so fiercely that I braced myself for a blow.
It was mid-June and the sun was out - I braced myself for chaotic crowds and selfie-stick wielding tourists doing their best pensive Poldark faces.
But they caught me up and one asked: "Are you Saira Khan?" I wanted to lie, but owned up and braced myself for the onslaught.
I initially believed I had done something wrong and braced myself for pushups.
I braced volley of fact, most I braced myself for a volley of vitriol but, in fact, most people were enthusiastic.
Trying not to feel physically sick, I ordered, and braced myself for the worst.
Reluctantly leaving the air-conditioned comfort of my room (at least the house I was staying in had all the mod cons), I braced myself for yet another runaround.
Saudi Arabia: Interview with Saudi wife, Nicole Part I of II "For some reason, I braced myself for a cheesy pick-up line.
THE BLUE water of the lake was inviting, but as I hobbled barefoot over stones at the edge, I braced myself for the icy shock that was surely in store.
So when Show Me The Funny - the comedians' answer to The Apprentice - turned up in Pontypridd this week I braced myself for the usual English production team meets Welsh location showdown.
I BRACED myself for the worst yesterday and boarded a train from London to Manchester.
I braced myself for the steep drop, as I was told to step over the edge and free fall almost to the ground.
'I panicked and dropped my shopping bags and braced myself for a fight,' he said.
As I prepared my church choir for Christmas services, I braced myself for these and other differences.
Ball releases came across my desk I braced myself for the task, left the office early and headed to the range.