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    U.S. braces for Hurricane Gustav.

    What does this sentence mean, please?

    I saw a footage of an airplane emergency the other day. The stewardess was yelling "brace, brace, brace!!" while every passenger leaned their body forward and positioned their chest on their thighs. At the same time, their arms were put around their thighs. In this context, what does ''brace'' mean, please?

    Could it be "to prepare and position for a great impact or danger" in both contexts?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jctgf View Post
    U.S. braces for Hurricane Gustav.

    What does this sentence mean, please?

    I saw a footage of an airplane emergency the other day. The stewardess was yelling "brace, brace, brace!!" while every passenger leaned their body forward and positioned their chest on their thighs. At the same time, their arms were put around their thighs. In this context, what does ''brace'' mean, please?

    Could it be "to prepare and position for a great impact or danger" in both contexts?

    Thanks.
    In the event of an impending crash, passengers are usually advised to "adopt the brace position". The position you describe is the brace position. It means that it's the best position to adopt in order to brace yourself to resist the crash.
    If you were in a car which was about to crash you would brace yourself, possibly by pressing your feet forward and pushing against the dashboard in an attempt to stop yourself being thrown through the windscreen.
    Bracing yourself isn't always physical. You can brace yourself (prepare yourself ) to receive bad news. So bracing yourself is, pretty much, actively getting ready to withstand something (usually) unpleasant which is about to happen.

    Buggles(not a teacher)

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