I also don't know of a use of brace that means "bother." It is possible that you misheard another word. We might be able to figure out the word you are looking for if you give us more of a description of what was going on when you heard it.Can "to brace" mean "to bother"? For example, Don't brace me anymore.
Thanks in advance!
The usage you are suggesting is entirely new to me. Could you find an example in print, anywhere? I'm not saying you are wrong, just that I have not encountered this word in such a sentence.I don't think I misheard it. And here is the context: a small criminal threatens to another criminal and wants his money. They finally arrange the meeting when he will give him that money and after that, he says: And don't brace me anymore. I assumed he wanted to say I'll give you the money, but don't bother me anymore, or something like that.
And I have another one: two guys come to a diner and threaten the owner. A little later, the owner says to his friend: A couple of guys braced me in my diner. As they didn't do anything to him, I don't know what else it could possibly mean.
If I understood you correctly, "to brace someone" means "to accost someone with intention to 'check' that person"?In AE brace is used similarly (and with similar connotations) to accost (q.v.) but it is usually referring to an act by a person with authority, such as a policeman or a job supervisor. Accosting by a person with the right to do so.