The United States will have occasion to brace up their confederation, and act as one body with one spirit.
"brace up, Dad," the trader-cowman rallied him in his bull voice.
Pa had promised to brace up and go to church Sunday morning, and Ma put these small clothes where Pa could put them on.
Your friends have done all they could to help you to brace up.
Here, Jack, take a drink of this brandy and brace up, he said in a kindly whisper.
"brace up, my hearty," said Handy, removing the briarwood from his lips.
You would have thought he'd have seen the point, and that it would have made him brace up and get a hold on himself.
You have to brace up for one sharp twitch—the woman's portion!
Cyrus made his way back to the car with some self-congratulations that served to brace up the muscles behind his knees.
Now, brace up, powder your nose, and come 123 down to supper.
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.
mid-14c., "to seize, grasp," also "wrap, enshroud; tie up, fetter," from Old French bracier "to embrace," from brace (see brace (n.)). Meaning "to render firm or steady by tensing" is mid-15c., earlier in figurative sense "strengthen or comfort" (someone), early 15c., with later extension to tonics, etc. that "brace" the nerves (cf. bracer "stiff drink"). Related: Braced; bracing.
An orthopedic appliance that supports or holds a movable part of the body in correct position while allowing motion of the part.
Often braces A dental appliance, constructed of bands and wires that is fixed to the teeth to correct irregular alignment.
A very stiff and exaggerated standing at military attention (1930s+ Armed forces and service academies)