brace up

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brace up (third-person singular simple present braces up, present participle bracing up, simple past and past participle braced up)

  1. (intransitive) To become more optimistic
  2. (intransitive) To strengthen oneself, become stronger or more resilient.
    • 1898, Winston Churchill, chapter 8, in The Celebrity:
      The humor of my proposition appealed more strongly to Miss Trevor than I had looked for, and from that time forward she became her old self again; [] . Our table in the dining-room became again the abode of scintillating wit and caustic repartee, Farrar bracing up to his old standard, and the demand for seats in the vicinity rose to an animated competition.