prop up

Definition of prop up

1 :to stop (something) from falling or slipping by placing something under or against it
  • We propped up the beams with long boards.
  • propped the plant stems up
2 :to give help, encouragement, or support to (someone)
  • His faith propped him up in times of crisis.

Word by Word Definitions

prop play
  1. : something that props or sustains : support

  1. : to support by placing something under or against

  2. : to support by placing against something

  3. : sustain, strengthen

  1. : property

  2. : something used in creating or enhancing a desired effect

  1. : propeller

  1. : related to propionic acid

up play
  1. : in or into a higher position or level

  2. : from beneath the ground or water to the surface

  3. : from below the horizon

  1. : risen above the horizon

  2. : standing

  3. : being out of bed

  1. used as a function word to indicate motion to or toward or situation at a higher point of

  2. : up into or in the

  3. : in a direction regarded as being toward or near the upper end or part of

  1. : one in a high or advantageous position

  2. : an upward slope

  3. : a period or state of prosperity or success

  1. : to rise from a lying or sitting position

  2. : to move upward : ascend

  3. used with and and another verb to indicate that the action of the following verb was either surprisingly or abruptly initiated


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