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I braced myself up against the moment when it would move.
The fall weather here is very dull and damp, and I feel very much as if I should like to be braced up.
That braced her up, and--still, never ceasing her return stare--she got colour again and seemed more like herself.
When I came to I found that it was still bleeding, so I tied one end of my handkerchief very tightly round the wrist and braced it up with a twig.
After one month he had braced himself up and sacked the Punctual Plodder.
The weight of old Sabor was immense, and when she braced her huge paws nothing less than Tantor, the elephant, himself, could have budged her.
And so, as he abandoned his rush at her and braced himself to avoid the contact, she sprang upon him.
Objective of Programme: DAI is seeking experienced candidates for the Au130 million BRACED programme spanning up to 10 countries in Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia.
Athletes were divided into a braced group, who wore a synthetic, fabric, lace-up ankle brace, and a control group with no brace.
Useful initial estimates of required axial knee brace capacities can be obtained by considering the bending moment capacities of the joists and posts in braced constructions as shown in Figure 1 and the withdrawal and shear capacities of the joist-to-post connections.
They even braced themselves for revelations about the nests they were feathering, with mixed results.