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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR BRACE

Brace your belt, Watkins, man, and swing your shoulders as a free companion should.

One felt tempted to brace oneself for the rush that was to come.

Bill let go the brace, turned as white as a sheet, and exclaimed, "I'm gone!"

Bring some of that cake you baked to-day, honey—and do brace up!

I'll show you whether there's a second brace o' keys or not.

Here they found the rest of the band, some of whom had come in with a brace of fat does.

A brace of kegs and a slow match would do it any dark night.

He made very light of a brace of partridges and a bottle of sparkling Moselle.

"Brace up, there," ordered Captain Smith, when this fact was announced.

Everybody praised Brace Dunlap for being so good to that stranger.

WORD ORIGIN

early 14c., "piece of armor for the arms," also "thong, strap for fastening," from Old French brace, braz "arms," also "length measured by two arms" (12c., Modern French bras "arm, power;" brasse "fathom, armful, breaststroke"), from Latin bracchia, plural of bracchium "an arm, a forearm," from Greek brakhion "an arm" (see brachio-). Applied to various devices for fastening and tightening on notion of clasping arms. Of dogs, "a couple, a pair" from c.1400.

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