Definition of prop someone/something up in US English:

prop someone/something up

phrasal verb

  • Provide support or assistance for someone or something that would otherwise fail or decline.

    ‘foreign aid tends to prop up incompetent governments’
    • ‘For example, if one currency suffers a sudden and unexpected fall, the other central banks will normally move to prop it up.’
    • ‘Mobutu, Marcos, Suharto and other notorious dictators were propped up by massive loans.’
    • ‘Standard Life is a pillar on which a lot of financial Scotland is propped up.’
    • ‘They had been propping the Tories up and have now decided to chuck them away.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘People coming through the gates isn't enough to prop a club up.’
    • ‘It is pretty obvious that the present government is propped up by Scots.’
    • ‘The ‘bottom line’, as one American economist sagely noted, is that consumers have probably been propping the economy up for some time.’
    • ‘We couldn't give money just to prop it up for a few months,’ said Wilson.’
    subsidize, underwrite, fund, finance, maintain
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