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thorough brace

either of two strong braces or bands of leather supporting the body of a coach or other vehicle and connecting the front and back springs.
Origin of thorough brace
1830-40, Americanism Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • Upon reaching the south-west corner of the enclosure surrounding the building, I perceived a thorough-brace awaiting us.

    Hunted Down Harry Granice
  • The heavily-laden coach swayed on its thorough-brace springs and rattled down Sturt Street at the rate of twelve miles an hour.

    Nevermore Rolf Boldrewood
  • Nat at a glance made it out as a stage coach of the old-fashioned "thorough-brace type."

British Dictionary definitions for thorough-brace

thorough brace

(mainly US) either of two strong leather straps upon which the body of certain types of carriage is supported
Derived Forms
thorough-braced, adjective
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