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prop someone/thing up

Definition of prop someone/thing up in English:

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
More 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.
subsidize, underwrite, fund, finance, maintain;
support, give support to, bolster (up), shore up, buttress;
help, aid, assist, revitalize
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