Brace

sb. couple of houndsEtymology: Old French brace, the two arms, a grasp; Latin brachia, pl.
The Brace tavern; a room in the S.E. corner of the King's Bench, where, for the convenience of prisoners residing thereabouts, beer purchased at the tap-house was retailed at a halfpenny per pot advance. It was kept by two brothers of the name of Partridge, and thence called the Brace.