brace up

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v brace up make secure underneath "undergird the ship"
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Quotations

  • John Ruskin
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    “Summer is delicious, rain is refreshing, wind braces up, snow is exhilarating; there is no such thing as bad weather, only different kinds of good weather.”
  • John Ruskin
    John%20Ruskin
    “Sunshine is delicious, rain is refreshing, wind braces up, snow is exhilarating; there is no such thing as bad weather, only different kinds of good weather.”

Usage

In literature:

It bade us to 'brace up.
"A Woman's Part in a Revolution" by Natalie Harris Hammond
Say, you were a brick to brace me up!
"The Honorable Percival" by Alice Hegan Rice
They had not time to brace up their shattered nerves.
"Narratives of Shipwrecks of the Royal Navy; between 1793 and 1849" by William O. S. Gilly
And when she got over feeling so weak and giddy, she'd brace up and be herself again.
"The Real Adventure" by Henry Kitchell Webster
She proved teachable, and her husband stopped drinking and braced up.
"Broken Homes" by Joanna C. Colcord
He ought to brace up and think of the dignity of his calling.
"The City and the World and Other Stories" by Francis Clement Kelley
Brace up now, for I'm going to bring the girls.
"The Rustlers of Pecos County" by Zane Grey
When I saw you just now I was trying to brace up on a guava.
"The Firing Line" by Robert W. Chambers
With every criticism they brace up wonderfully, and their straying sense of justice returns.
"The Silly Syclopedia" by Noah Lott
Paul set his teeth hard and braced himself up for the task he had set himself.
"In the Wars of the Roses" by Evelyn Everett-Green
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In poetry:

So he braced himself upon his knees
And raising up his head,
He cast his eyes toward Heaven,
And this is what he said:
"The Cowboy's Prayer" by Curley Fletcher
Jim held up a bank, singlehanded,
Of the holdup they soon got the news,
He was shot in two places, when down came his braces,
He'd to hold up his how-do-you-does.
"A Tale Of The Rockies" by Billy Bennett
There stands the Prisoner —pale as death —
Looking round at the up-turned faces —
"The Judge walks in —he holds his breath
While his pants —are held up by his braces.
"The Prodigal Son (or The Morning After!)" by T W Connor
With no heart for fight,
We take refuge in flight,
But fire as we run, our retreat to defend;
Until our stern-chasers
Cut up her fore-braces,
And she flies off the wind from us poor honest men!
"Poor Honest Men" by Rudyard Kipling
The ship took it up as she tugged at her tether,
Brace, footrope, and halliard all whistling together,
And so did the seagulls which round her did call —
But oh, my heart sang it the strongest of all!
"The Ship's Good-Bye" by Cicely Fox Smith
This was the 'orse we fetched 'im; an' when we reached the car,
We braced 'im tight and proper to the middle of the bar,
And buckled up 'is traces and lashed them to each side,
While 'e 'eld 'is 'ead so 'aughtily, an' looked most dignified.
"The Groom's Story" by Arthur Conan Doyle

In news:

UPS's Hub Braced For Holiday Shippers.
ILevel's Shear Brace prefabricated shear panel has received ICC-ES 2009 IBC/IRC code compliance verification for tall walls (up to 20 feet) and two-story applications.
MARCO ISLAND — When Larry McKay gets up in the morning, he reaches for Kane to brace himself and walk through his Marco Island condo .
Insurers braced for damages of up to $5 billion.
SAN FRANCISCO Northern California is bracing for more stormy weather this weekend after heavy rain and strong winds knocked out power to thousands, delayed flights, tied up traffic and flooded some roadways.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Northern California is bracing for more stormy weather this weekend after heavy rain and strong winds knocked out power to thousands, delayed flights, tied up traffic and flooded some roadways.
UPS bracing for holiday rush.
The Environment Agency has warned residents - many of whom are still mopping up after last month's widespread flooding - to brace themselves for a combination of heavy rainfall and storm surges.
Collectors and Frank Lloyd Wright aficionados brace yourself: a Frank Lloyd Wright letter and original blueprint from Fallingwater will be up at auction in June, from New Hampshire-based RR Auction.
0Colorado Department of Transportation snowplow drivers are cleaning up the snow and bracing for another round in parts of the Denver area before a storm system moves out.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Crews still cleaning up from Superstorm Sandy are bracing for a nor 'easter that could bring the first snow of the season in the Philadelphia area.
DENVER (AP) — Santa already is piling up hefty numbers on social networking sites, so the volunteer Santa-trackers at NORAD are bracing for tens of thousands of calls and emails on Christmas Eve.
Chalk it up to the Demi Moore/Ashton Kutcher effect, or better yet, just call it creepy: Northern California is bracing for an influx of cougars in about a month.
Master of Their Domains With 1,900 TLDs being snapped up, the marketplace is bracing for either a bonanza or a bust By Katy Bachman.
There's bracing humor here, and a dash of heartbreak – just don't expect to be wrapped up in a warm and fuzzy cinematic blanket.
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