One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
An alcoholic drink intended to prepare one for something difficult or unpleasant.
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- ‘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.’
- ‘Much grappa disappears into steaming cups of espresso called caffé correcto as a midmorning bracer on a cold day.’
1A wristguard used in archery, fencing, and other sports.Also called armguard
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘He finished buckling on the rest of his armour: chest-plate, shoulder-pads, bracers, shin-guards and the works.’
- ‘Although I bet she had to work to get her wrists strong enough, she thought, and I'll bet she probably wears bracers.’
- 1.1historical A portion of a suit of armor covering the arm.
- ‘His armor consisted of a pair of bracers, a pair of greaves, and a chain shirt, all made out of the same black material.’
- ‘Luin was clad in battle armor, with a breastplate, greaves, bracers and side armor - his arms were bare.’
- ‘He put bracers on his forearms, the right one with a small, round shield attached, and fingerless gauntlets on his hands.’
- ‘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 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.’
Late Middle English: from Old French braciere, from bras ‘arm’ (see bracelet).
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