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prop

verb [T]  /prɑp/ (-pp-) us  

prop verb [T] (SUPPORT)

to support something by putting something else under or against it: She propped the door open with a footstool. He was reading in bed, propped up by pillows. fig. To prop up something/prop something up is to support something that would fail or become weaker without such help: [M] The US joined with other nations in a coordinated effort yesterday to prop up the value of the dollar.

prop

noun  /prɑp/ us  

prop noun (THEATER/MOVIES)

[C usually pl] an object that is used on a theater stage or in a movie: The only props used in the show are a table, a chair, and a glass of water.

prop noun (SUPPORT)

[C] an object used to support something or hold it in position
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