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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CHRIS Brunt turned Albion's attentions to Saturday's game against Queens Park Rangers as the Baggies braced themselves for a lengthy spell without Zoltan Gera.
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ANTI-AIRCRAFT guns fired on an unidentified plane over Kabul yesterday, as Afghanistan's Taliban rulers braced themselves for a US military strike.
Meanwhile traders were braced themselves for another turbulent day on the markets.
Pupils at Yarnfield Primary School braced themselves for a new era as bulldozers moved on site to create a new school building.
In the event, they only managed to take a one goal lead and braced themselves for a tough second-half.
They braced themselves for what they thought to be an inevitable day of reckoning by slashing key programs, such as class-size reduction, teachers' benefits and remedial education.
With the adults acknowledging they'd braced themselves for the possibility of a ``big disappointment,'' all said the film worked.
Several regulars contributed to Miami's 1999 national-championship team and braced themselves for the distractions which annually confront the participants.