- 1A pole or beam used as a temporary support or to keep something in position: he looked around for a prop to pin the door openMore example sentences
- I've still got the props up supporting the house.
- The entire structure is supported with conventional props and crossbeams.
- Creating an intense heat and light that at once attracts and repels, the hand leans backwards, resting on a prop not unlike the beams used to construct roofs of houses.
- 1.1A person or thing that is a major source of support or assistance: he found himself becoming the emotional prop of the marriageMore example sentences
- In a research note, HSBC said a slowing housing market will remove a major prop to consumer spending and weaken the economy.
- Liquor was a major prop of the colonial government, which consciously fashioned customs duties to extract the maximum revenue from the trade.
- A major prop for the dollar has long been the simple fact that oil is priced in dollars.
- 2 (also prop forward) Rugby A forward at either end of the front row of a scrum.More example sentences
- You can set your clock by the substitution of the tight-head prop forward.
- Al Baxter returns as the starting tighthead prop, pushing Matt Dunning back to the bench.
- Tighthead prop Eddie Andrews was another man who grew in stature as the match wore on.
verb (props, propping, propped)Back to top
- 1 [with object and adverbial of place] Support or keep in position: she propped her chin in the palm of her right handMore example sentences
- Her back failed to support her even propped by overstuffed cushions and she slumped, weakness overtaking her.
- I had forced myself to a half-sitting position, propping myself on my un-injured arm, when the pieces clicked.
- Readjusting his position, he propped himself against the log, his whole body relaxing.
- 1.1Lean (something) against something else: a jug of milk with a note propped against it she propped the picture up on the mantlepieceMore example sentences
- He leaned back on one foot and propped his bayonet against the wall.
- Vice propped his bass on the stand and sprinted to the house next door.
- She propped the note on the night stand next to Russell's side of the mattress and returned to the door to gaze out.
- 1.2Use an object to keep (something) in position: he found that the door was propped openMore example sentences
- Any office cooled to a temperature lower than 25C or any shop that leaves its door propped open could be fined.
- It was propped open, revealing a slice of tiled floor and fluorescent light.
- Sanura's door was propped open, as it always was, so Rebecca went straight to the illuminated room.
- 2 [no object] chiefly Australian (Of a horse) come to a dead stop with the forelegs rigid.More example sentences
- Kalanisi propped while galloping out and unseated exercise rider Wally Lowsby, who held on to the reins.
- Alerted by Gold was being led off the racetrack when she propped and refused to move.
prop up the bar
- • informal Spend a considerable time drinking in a pub: Keith was propping up the bar and waving a £10 note at the landladyMore example sentences
- Local people had been propping up the bar and getting drunk in there for half a millennia.
- We would hanker after a glass of beer and imagine propping up the bar at the Pen-y-Gwryd.
- One couldn't help feeling that the hacks propping up the bar in the Kenmore Hotel come Monday lunchtime were more interested in the seamier side of the cricketer's private life than they were in Scottish angling.
prop someone/thing up
- Support or assist someone or something that would otherwise fail or decline: the government spent £3 billion in an attempt to prop up the poundMore example sentences
- 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.
late Middle English: probably from Middle Dutch proppe 'support (for vines)'.
- 1A portable object other than furniture or costumes used on the set of a play or film.More example sentences
- The pair's ambition is to make their living producing scenery, costumes and props for museums, theatres, themed bars, film and television.
- It involved actors and local children who had attended workshops beforehand to produce props and costumes.
- Anita's visual interpretation using excellent lights, costumes and props makes this production an enriching experience.
mid 19th century: abbreviation of property.
- An aircraft propeller.More example sentences
- The engine went to Sam Thompson, the prop to California Propeller and parts to other contractors.
- In a turboprop aircraft, putting the props in the beta position creates an extraordinary speed brake.
- Most of the aircraft have no logbooks, have run-out engines and props, and need a lot of work.
early 20th century: abbreviation.