knee brace

noun Building Trades.
a diagonal member for bracing the angle between two joined members, as a stud or column and a joist or rafter, being joined to each partway along its length.

Origin:
1910–15

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They know if a guy's ankle is bad or if he's wearing a knee brace.
It's one thing to play at a high level, it's another to keep playing at a high level, that knee brace isn't a good sign.
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