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    Cool brace

    In the following paragraph:

    Inside was a low-ceilinged cell, with shackles intended to secure a brace of prisoners to the far wall.

    What does it mean brace here?

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    Re: brace

    (Not a teacher)

    From dictionary.com:

    10. a pair; couple

    This is the only meaning I can see that fits, although I never knew of this meaning beforehand.

    So, perhaps it means couple of prisoners.

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    Re: brace

    Linguist, you surprise me. A Scot and never heard of a brace of grouse, or a brace of pheasant?!

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    Re: brace

    Quote Originally Posted by Anglika View Post
    Linguist, you surprise me. A Scot and never heard of a brace of grouse, or a brace of pheasant?!
    But I did play the bagpipes in school!

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