Synonyms to whet the knife

gird, band, bandage, beef up, begird, belt, belt in, bend, beset, bind, bind up, bolster, brace, brace up, bundle, buttress, case harden, chain, cinch, cincture, circle, confirm, dispose, do up, encincture, encircle, encompass, engird, ensphere, fleer, flout, forearm, fortify, gibe, girdle, girt, girth, harden, hem, invigorate, jeer, jest, lace, lash, leash, loop, nerve, prepare, prop, ready, refresh, reinforce, reinvigorate, restrengthen, ring, rope, round, shore up, sneer, splice, steel, stiffen, strap, strengthen, support, sustain, swaddle, swathe, temper, tie, tie up, toughen, truss, twine around, undergird, wire, wrap, wrap up, wreathe, wreathe around, zone, limber up, cushion, ease, fluff, gentle, get ready, get set, knead, laxate, limber, loosen, mash, massage, mellow, milden, mollify, plump, pulp, relax, shake up, shoulder arms, smash, soften, soften up, squash, strip for action, subdue, supple, tenderize, tone down, tune down, warm up, arrangement, basic training, break in, briefing, bring back, bring to, call back, chafe, charge, clearing the decks, cock, cook, electric-heat, equipment