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Brace oneself for something

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Brace oneself for something

Meaning

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.
Fig. to prepare for the shock or force of something.

Examples

Hold onto the rail. Brace yourself. Here comes another huge wave.

Brace yourself for a shock. As the boat leaned to the right, I braced myself for whatever might happen next.
 

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