One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Provide support or assistance for someone or something that would otherwise fail or decline.‘foreign aid tends to prop up incompetent governments’
subsidize, underwrite, fund, finance, maintainView synonyms
- ‘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.’
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