Etymology
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bracer (n.)

early 14c., "piece of armor protecting the arm;" 1580s, "a clamp, bind, that which braces or makes firm," agent noun from brace (v.). Figurative sense of "that which braces the nerves" is 1740; especially an alcoholic drink taken early in the morning (by 1826). Related: Bracers.

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Definitions of bracer

bracer (n.)
a protective covering for the wrist or arm that is used in archery and fencing and other sports;
Synonyms: armguard
bracer (n.)
a tonic or restorative (especially a drink of liquor);
Synonyms: pick-me-up
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