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An alcoholic drink intended to prepare one for something difficult or unpleasant.
alcoholic drink, strong drink, drink, liquor, intoxicantView synonyms
- ‘Much grappa disappears into steaming cups of espresso called caffé correcto as a midmorning bracer on a cold day.’
- ‘We've got about ten minutes in the bar for a quick bracer and pit-stops before the others arrive.’
- ‘So I had a few bracers, called my boss, and informed him of the tragedy; I was in New Hampshire, grieving with my relatives - my voice trembling.’
1A type of wrist guard used in archery and other sports.
- ‘He finished buckling on the rest of his armour: chest-plate, shoulder-pads, bracers, shin-guards and the works.’
- ‘Oh, the vest-thing is called a chest guard, so the string of my bow doesn't get caught on my shirt, and the wristband is called a bracer.’
- ‘Although I bet she had to work to get her wrists strong enough, she thought, and I'll bet she probably wears bracers.’
- ‘He was only five paces away from Lyenda who had then pulled on tabs for her drawing arms and had put on the arm bracers.’
- ‘As she waited she picked up a leather bracer from the table and went about strapping it back into place on her wrist.’
2historical A portion of a suit of armour covering the arm.
- ‘He put bracers on his forearms, the right one with a small, round shield attached, and fingerless gauntlets on his hands.’
- ‘Luin was clad in battle armor, with a breastplate, greaves, bracers and side armor - his arms were bare.’
- ‘His silver armor consisted of sleek silver leggings with a massive silver dragon bracer that he wore on his right arm, while he also wore two silver dragon gauntlets that were spiked and slightly tinged by dried blood.’
- ‘After that he turned to Autumn and found that she had already pulled out a set of ring-mail, complete with greaves and bracers.’
- ‘His armor consisted of a pair of bracers, a pair of greaves, and a chain shirt, all made out of the same black material.’
Late Middle English: from Old French braciere, from bras ‘arm’ (see bracelet).
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