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Brace up   /breɪs əp/   Listen
Brace up

verb
1.
Make secure underneath.  Synonym: undergird.






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"Brace up" Quotes from Famous Books



... must hurry and go brace up Milly for a pair of minutes. She wouldn't promise to come until I insisted on sending a trained nurse to sit with old Mammy Betty and the babies until she got back to 'em. Billy Bob is as wild as a kid about coming, he hasn't been anywhere for so long. I talked a week before I could persuade ...
— Andrew the Glad • Maria Thompson Daviess

... actually the case had elapsed since he himself was prostrated by illness. The pugnacious youth advanced in his wary fashion, gradually slackening his gait until nearly opposite the pale face, who felt that the exigencies of the situation demanded he should brace up so as to impress the youth with the peril ...
— Camp-fire and Wigwam • Edward Sylvester Ellis

... HAUL AFT! The order usually given after being hove-to, with fore or main top-sail square or aback, and jib-sheet flowing, i.e. haul aft jib-sheet, brace up the yards which had been squared, for the purpose ...
— The Sailor's Word-Book • William Henry Smyth

... "Brace up, girls, we're not losing our Patty forever. She'll spend next summer with us at the Hurly-Burly, and by that time well have beautiful ...
— Patty Fairfield • Carolyn Wells

... me to the heart. Why, some of these newspaper shads actually pretend to pity you—you, the greatest romantic actress in America! This man Douglass has got you hypnotized. Honestly, there's something uncanny about the way he has queered you. Brace up. Send him whirling. He isn't worth a minute of your time, Nellie—now, that's the fact. He's a crazy freak. Say the word and I'll fire him ...
— The Light of the Star - A Novel • Hamlin Garland

... backin' and fillin' of Bill's had put me on my guard. I began to understand that, after all my play-actin', they didn't even then feel altogether sure of me—they was tryin' me still; and that made me brace up and pull myself together; for I says to myself, 'Now, if I makes a single mistake it's all up with everybody abaft the mainmast, and me, too.' So I looks cookie hard in the face, ...
— The Cruise of the "Esmeralda" • Harry Collingwood

... mind now. It's no use crying over spilt milk. You hadn't much time to think. I know you wouldn't have had it happen for a good deal if you'd had time to think. Brace up, and maybe we'll find some way out ...
— The Raid From Beausejour; And How The Carter Boys Lifted The Mortgage • Charles G. D. Roberts

... "Brace up, man, and get over your grouch," a third adjured him. "You are worse than O'Brien was, the morning after he was shoved in kink. Were you in Cape Town, ...
— On the Firing Line • Anna Chapin Ray and Hamilton Brock Fuller

... of confidence are they; amidst all their smiles and obsequiousness, there is a business air about the thing. As soon as the pianist has asked the piano how it finds itself, and the piano has intimated that it is pretty well, but somewhat out of tune, a collateral fiddler and a violoncello brace up their respective nerves, compare notes, and when their drawlings and crookings are in unison, a third piece of music of indefinite duration, and as it seems to us all about nothing, begins. Our violinist is evidently not long come out, and has little to recommend him—he employs but a second-rate ...
— Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, Volume 62, Number 361, November, 1845. • Various

... "Here! Brace up, or you'll tip it all off! If he stands pat, how they going to prove anything? The Count's been dead for hours. He was ...
— The Winds of Chance • Rex Beach

... wayward mother has deserted? First thing a man would do in such a case would be to board the children out with convenient relatives while he looked around for a divorce and another wife! How long would a man brace up under the servant question? How long would he endure the insolence and the flings of cruel and covert enemies because the children needed all he could give them, and, only along the thorny road of continual harassment and trial might he attain the earnings needed to render them happy ...
— A String of Amber Beads • Martha Everts Holden

... "Come, come, my lord, brace up! No one intended what has happened. It was an accident, a calamity, but it is an accomplished fact, and 'what is done, is done,' and 'what is past remedy is past regret.' If the old man ...
— The Lost Lady of Lone • E.D.E.N. Southworth

... "Brace up," said the writer. "I guess I think as much of her as you do. It's for her benefit as well as mine. I've got to get a market for my stories in some way. It won't hurt Louise. She's healthy and sound. Her heart goes as ...
— Strictly Business • O. Henry

... said Holt brutally. "And I guess you know where the blame lies—Oh!—Drink this!" He hastily poured out a glass of claret. "Here! Drink it! Brace up, for God's sake. Don't give yourself away ...
— Sleeping Fires • Gertrude Atherton

... "I'd go off and whip somebody if it would do any good, but it won't. You'll have to brace up as Ederyn did, and you'll get out of your dungeon ...
— The Little Colonel's Christmas Vacation • Annie Fellows Johnston

... "Come—stand up! Brace up now!" Turning to Sergeant Maloney, he added, "Take him over to the station. Write out that confession and make him sign it before ...
— The Third Degree - A Narrative of Metropolitan Life • Charles Klein and Arthur Hornblow

... times when nothing else is possible. This is one of 'em. Brace up, old boy. All's lost but hope and that's going soon. You go home and take a pill. You're yellow. Perhaps I'll come up for the week-end for Marcia's party, you know,—if you'll promise to have the beds well-aired. I'm sure they're reminiscent of Jerry's pugs. Going? ...
— Paradise Garden - The Satirical Narrative of a Great Experiment • George Gibbs

... "Brace up, old man. Get well and go after her. The world isn't big enough to keep a man away from the woman ...
— Old Rose and Silver • Myrtle Reed

... mind," and they strolled away to inspect the new Mine Captain, who was to brace up the slackened ropes and bring the enterprise ...
— A Maid of the Silver Sea • John Oxenham

... the boy tight a moment. "Brace up, now, Blink. It's all settled. Go to bed now, I'll help ...
— Valley of Wild Horses • Zane Grey

... Bishop Bishop A La Prusse Bismarck Bizzy Izzy High Ball Black Stripe Black and Tan Punch Blackthorne Cocktail Blackthorne Sour Bliz's Royal Rickey Blue Blazer Boating Punch Bombay Punch Bon Soir ("Good Night") Boston Cooler Bottle of Cocktail Brace Up Brandy and Ginger Ale Brandy and Soda Brandy Flip Brandy Float Brandy Julep Brandy Punch Brandy Scaffa Brandy Shake Brandy Shrub Brandy Skin Brandy Sling Brandy Smash Brandy Sour Brandy Toddy Bronx Cocktail Burnt Brandy ...
— The Ideal Bartender • Tom Bullock

... said, a quiver in his strong voice. "I know what a shock it is, but brace up and meet it,— I'm here, and very much alive. In fact, I never have been dead ...
— The Come Back • Carolyn Wells

... having been used by the ancient Egyptians at least thirty-five centuries ago, and probably earlier. Four to eight pillars rose in crutches from the bottom amidships to about six feet above the gunwale. The Egyptians ran a rope over the crutches and round the mast, and then used its ends to brace up the stem and stern. The moderns discarded the rope, took the strains on connecting timbers, and modified the truss, sometimes out of recognition. But many Canadian and American river steamers of the twentieth century ...
— All Afloat - A Chronicle of Craft and Waterways • William Wood

... Can't you see you are in no fix to run a machine? Brace up, you idiot; we've got to do something and do it quick. Go down and try to crank up. Here's the door key! I'll be there as soon as I ...
— A Romance of Billy-Goat Hill • Alice Hegan Rice

... won, Be firm i' yo're sufferin', an' dunno give way; They're nowt nobbut ceawards'at run. Yo' know heaw they'n praised us for stondin' so firm, An' shall we neaw stagger an' fo? Nowt o'th soart;—iv we nobbut brace up an' be hard, We can stond a bit ...
— Home-Life of the Lancashire Factory Folk during the Cotton Famine • Edwin Waugh

... "Brace up, Jerome, I'm too substantial to be a ghost, and nothing short of one should bowl you over like this," were Captain Stewart's hearty words to the old man as he shook ...
— Peggy Stewart at School • Gabrielle E. Jackson

... and call the superintendent and be quick! Charley, brace up—lively—and come and write this out!" With his wonderful electric pen, the handle several hundred of miles long, Watkins, unknown to his interlocutor, was printing in the Morse alphabet ...
— Stories by American Authors, Volume 6 • Various

... I said more kindly, laying a hand on the black head. "Brace up, Daniel, for I must call the others in, and you don't want them to see you crying. Dare to be like the great Daniel, who wasn't even afraid of the ...
— The Soldier of the Valley • Nelson Lloyd

... time, Kit began to pull himself together. He felt dull and half stunned, but saw that he must brace up. Although one duty was denied him, another was left. He could not bid his father good-by, but he could keep his promise to Adam, and there was much to be done. Getting up with a resolute movement, he ...
— The Buccaneer Farmer - Published In England Under The Title "Askew's Victory" • Harold Bindloss

... is the removal of the patient from his or her habitual surroundings, where recognition of the existence of actual disease is generally wanting, where the constant admonitions of well-meaning friends to "brace up" and to "exert your will power" force the sick man or woman to bodily and mental over-exertion, and where the worries about a livelihood are always dominant. Such a change alone, however, the experts say, will help but few, for it is being recognized more and more that these ...
— How To Write Special Feature Articles • Willard Grosvenor Bleyer

... does it and land a party of marines and bluejackets— Even if they only occupy the place for 24 hours, it will beat that army out and that's what I want. They'll get second money in the Campaign if they get any, unless they brace up and come over— I have the very luck of the British Army, I walked into an open hatch today and didn't stop until I caught by my arms and the back of my neck. It was very dark and they had opened it while I was in a cabin. The Jackie whose business it was to watch it was worse scared ...
— Adventures and Letters • Richard Harding Davis

... as a Yaqui. He'll chase that Chase fellow, don't mistake me.... Then mother will be home soon. She'll straighten out this—this mystery. And Nell—however it turns out—I know Dick Gale will feel just the same as I feel. Brace up now, girl." ...
— Desert Gold • Zane Grey

... "Brace up, me boy! You're worth ten dead men," said the policeman encouragingly. "That's right! you'll be ...
— Blindfolded • Earle Ashley Walcott

... other part of me longs to be good and unselfish, and to cheer and help the others. I haven't had far to look for my sister. While I was searching the neighbourhood for someone to befriend, the opportunity was preparing inside our very own walls! Now then, Una Sackville, brace up! Show what you are made of! You are fond enough of talking—now let us see what you ...
— The Heart of Una Sackville • Mrs. George de Horne Vaizey

... Brace up was just what he did not do. He sank back with every muscle of him relaxed. "Bon Dieu, I thought you was him come back," he gasped in his bastard French Indian, "that man that half killed me on the Caraquet road! But it wasn't him I was crying about. It was the ...
— The La Chance Mine Mystery • Susan Carleton Jones

... disappointed; for as soon as he was again in sight of the house, the old loathing of the place attacked him. He longed to be away from it all forever. And when a man has all his life given way to his own personal impulses rather than stand by his duty, you need not expect him to brace up at a time like this and ...
— The Hero of Hill House • Mable Hale

... "Brace up! Hang—to your saddle!" Jim was saying, earnestly. "Any moment some of the other bandits might come.... You lead the way. I'll follow and drive ...
— The Border Legion • Zane Grey

... pretty good imitation of it, isn't it?" grinned Leo. "Brace up, old fellow. It's not so bad as it might be. She's quite a respectable girl. We wrote you all about it three weeks ago and broke the ...
— Lucy Maud Montgomery Short Stories, 1904 • Lucy Maud Montgomery

... kept shouting, "Go it, Arrow!" "You're ahead!" "Brace up, Edith!" We had passed the alders, and were nearing Mick and the turn. We held our port oars, and rounded neatly, and heard Mick say, "Well done, Bob!" Then I told Sandy to "give it to her," and by the spring in the boat I knew that Sandy had been saving his ...
— Harper's Young People, May 11, 1880 - An Illustrated Weekly • Various

... help that, can you?" she commented sharply. "What do you want to do—lie down and quit? You wouldn't do that. Brace up!" ...
— Desert Conquest - or, Precious Waters • A. M. Chisholm

... each other, an' passin' each other by with converted faces an' highbrow chins; an' all because you're afraid of offendin' Mis' Grundy, who don't care no more about you than two sticks. But I s'pose you'd both rather be miserable than brace up an' defy the properties an' live long ...
— Dawn • Eleanor H. Porter

... praise, but face about! seek the praise for another, in true brotherly spirit. Naturally, we are lazy and would shirk our task; but brace up! put vim in the job; that honours God, and incidentally, puts both success and joy in the work. When we get in trouble, naturally we chafe and become impatient; God says, "Be patient in tribulation." That's a "Right-about-face!" for you. We pray ...
— "Say Fellows—" - Fifty Practical Talks with Boys on Life's Big Issues • Wade C. Smith

... ever increasing your own stock and at the same time stimulating and energising all others vibrating in the same key throughout the world. Hence you see we owe it to ourselves as well as to humanity in general to generate only positive, loving and lofty thoughts. Just brace up and send forth fearless, 'I can and I will' thoughts into the world's great reservoir of thought forces, and you will be surprised at your power to attract ...
— The Doctrine and Practice of Yoga • A. P. Mukerji

... listen to what must have been enigmatical to them; then looking one at the other, the entire party would rise together, stalk back to the store, where they would relate their experience to others, who in turn would brace up and make a descent on the lion of the hour. They did not rap for admittance, did not remove their hats on entering, did not wait to be asked to take a seat, did not say a word to anybody while present, ...
— The Story of Paul Boyton - Voyages on All the Great Rivers of the World • Paul Boyton

... perspiration; they keep up a uniform steady backward and forward movement, so as to develop the muscles of the arms, chest, and back. They practice leaping, running, and lifting weights. Some standing at their full height, brace up the muscles of the shoulder and upper arm, and then leaping up, allow themselves to fall to earth on the tensely strung muscles of the shoulder. This severe exercise gets the muscles into perfect ...
— Sport and Work on the Nepaul Frontier - Twelve Years Sporting Reminiscences of an Indigo Planter • James Inglis

... isn't all!" protested the boy. "Take another drink of this coffee and then brace up and tell us what you know! How did you get here and what and who and where and why is ...
— Boy Scouts in the North Sea - The Mystery of a Sub • G. Harvey Ralphson

... needin' a li'l' sister to brace up our manners for us. It's lucky for us I found you. Now I expect you're tired and sleepy. We fixed up yore bed in here because it's warmer. You'll be able to make out with it all right. The springs are good." ...
— The Big-Town Round-Up • William MacLeod Raine

... Carry on! Things never were looming so black. But show that you haven't a cowardly streak, And though you're unlucky you never are weak. Carry on! Carry on! Brace up for another attack. It's looking like hell, but—you never can tell: Carry ...
— Rhymes of a Red Cross Man • Robert W. Service

... thick of it—wade in, boys! Whatever your cherished goal; Brace up your will till your pulses thrill, And you dare—to your very soul! Do something more than make a noise; Let your purpose leap into flame As you plunge with a cry, "I shall do or die," Then you will be ...
— It Can Be Done - Poems of Inspiration • Joseph Morris

... ashamed of that, Tom," his uncle put in. "You showed plenty of pluck when we were in trouble with the red-skins, but I am sure there was not one of us that did not weaken when that snow-slide shot over us; and none of us need be ashamed to say so. A man with good grit will brace up, keep his head cool and his fingers steady on the trigger to the last, though he knows that he has come to the end of his journey and has got to go down; but it is when there is nothing to do, no fight to be made, when ...
— In The Heart Of The Rockies • G. A. Henty

... never knowed how intimate we knowed Pap while he was stayin' at our house. He just thought Pap was a friend. He never knowed we got our share of the money. Nawsir, he can't hook us up with that killin' nohow, but we can hook him. Brace up to him, Bull. Maybe you can work him for a stake. They ain't no danger, ...
— The Heart of the Range • William Patterson White

... Crane walkin' down, lookin' like he had lost a horse. 'Tom Grogan,' he says,'I hate to disappoint ye, an' wouldn't, for ye've always done me work well; but I'm stuck on the coal contract, an' the sergeant can put me in a hole if ye do the haulin'.' An' I says, 'Brace up, Mr. Crane, there's a hole, but ye ain't in it, an' the sergeant is. I'll unload every pound of that coal, if I do it for nothin', and if that sneak in striped trousers bothers me or you, I'll pull him ...
— Tom Grogan • F. Hopkinson Smith

... that I had been going about unnecessarily, not to say impertinently, haggard with the recollection of her face as I saw it when she opened the door for her blackguard and me that morning. She looked as if nothing unusual had happened at our last meeting. I couldn't brace up all at once: I behaved like a sneak, in view of ...
— A Modern Instance • William Dean Howells



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