Support or assist someone or something that would otherwise fail or decline: the government spent £3 billion in an attempt to prop up the pound
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- Investing in heritage means enhancing it, not just propping it up.
- First it was a Portuguese colony, then, after independence, its Soviet-style government was propped up by Moscow and Havana and destabilised by South Africa and the United States.
- Standard Life is a pillar on which a lot of financial Scotland is propped up.
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