1. To prepare (oneself) for something unpleasant or difficult; SYN. poise.
2. To support by bracing.
3. To support or hold steady, as if with a brace; SYN. steady.
1. To become turgid; swell
2. To walk with a proud gait; to walk with a pompous and affected air
3. To parade (as clothes) with a show of pride
4. To provide, stiffen, support, or hold apart with or as if with a strut