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Definition of props

1 slang : due sense a takes pains to give the man his props— Dan Epstein
2 slang : respect teachers have to earn their props just like everybody else— Greg Donaldson
3 slang : credit sense 6b at least deserves props for writing a song about something that rings true— Jim Abbott

Examples of props in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Pizza boxes have been used as movie props, usually in the hands of eager delivery boys, and as musical instruments. New York Times, "Building Pizzas That Can Survive the Box," 8 Mar. 2021 Beth Harmon takes us on a journey through the 1950s and 1960s, decades recognizable in not only the sets and props, but also the fashion. The T&c Fashion Editors, Town & Country, "The Biggest Fashion Moments from 2020," 28 Dec. 2020 Unveiling a host of astronauts, then, was premature, according to many in the space industry, who bristled at the political nature of the council meeting and felt the astronauts were being used as props. Washington Post, "As Pence names which astronauts will go to the moon, some see a political ploy," 9 Dec. 2020 Also recurring, especially early on, is the use of books as props. Dewayne Bevil, orlandosentinel.com, "Disney Plus reviews: Wrapping up, relatively happily ever after," 9 Oct. 2020 Talking about music among themselves is one thing, but getting props from a veteran star like Sheila E.? Jon Bream, Star Tribune, "A group of Twin Cities Black men turn their passion for music into power," 30 Mar. 2021 The total expense for the promotion, including gift boxes and on-stage props, was estimated to be $449,000. Patrick Mcgreevy, Los Angeles Times, "California Lottery mishandled Scratchers giveaway on ‘Ellen’ show, state review finds," 30 Mar. 2021 Giant props included a huge lucite platform heel (the heel doubled as a pole for Cardi to dance on) and a colossal bed. Chelsey Sanchez, Harper's BAZAAR, "Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion's "WAP" Performance Will Go Down in Grammys History," 15 Mar. 2021 The teen is in charge of picking out props — which involves a teacher walking through the school’s prop room with a camera so Mahsati can make her selections from home. Stephanie García, baltimoresun.com, "‘I almost gave up’: A year in the life of Maryland students during the pandemic," 12 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of props

1990, in the meaning defined at sense 2

History and Etymology for props

short for proper dues

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16 Apr 2021

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“Props.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/props. Accessed 22 Apr. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of props

US slang
: something that is said to publicly thank and give special attention to someone for doing something : credit or recognition

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