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brace sb. (etym. meaning ‘the two arms’, (hence) ‘armour covering the arms’; 3 orig. of dogs, perhaps because the leash was called a brace)
1. (?) coat of armour Per. II. i. 137.
2. state of defence Oth. I. iii. 24 “stands not in such war-like brace.”
3. pair (of dogs) 3H6 II. v. 129 “ of greyhounds” ; (of persons, freq.) Tp. V. i. 126 “my of lords.”
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