shore up

Definition of shore up

  1. 1 :  to support (something) or keep (something) from falling by placing something under or against it They shored up the roof/wall.

  2. 2 :  to support or help (something) The tax cuts are supposed to shore up the economy.

Word by Word Definitions

  1. :  the land bordering a usually large body of water

    :  coast

    :  land as distinguished from the sea

  1. :  a prop for preventing sinking or sagging

  1. :  to support by a shore :  prop

    :  to give support to :  brace

  1. :  in or into a higher position or level

    :  away from the center of the earth

    :  from beneath the ground or water to the surface

  1. :  risen above the horizon

    :  standing

    :  being out of bed

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

    :  up into or in the

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

  1. :  one in a high or advantageous position

    :  an upward slope

    :  a period or state of prosperity or success

  1. :  to rise from a lying or sitting position

    :  to move upward :  ascend

    : 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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