prop up

phrasal verb
propped up; propping up; props 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.

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“Prop up.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/prop%20up. Accessed 19 January 2020.

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