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"prop sth up" in British English

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prop sth up

phrasal verb with prop uk   /prɒp/  us   /prɑːp/ verb [T + adv/prep] (-pp-)
to ​lift and give ​support to something by putting something under it: He was ​sittingupright in his ​hospitalbed, ​propped up by ​pillows. There were the ​usualbunch of ​drinkerspropped up at (= ​leaning against) the ​bar. to give ​support to something, ​especially a ​country or ​organization, so that it can ​continue to ​exist in a ​difficultsituation: How ​long is the ​governmentlikely to ​survive without the US ​militaryforce there to ​prop it up?
(Definition of prop sth up from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"prop sth up" in Business English

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prop sth up

phrasal verb with prop uk   us   /prɒp/ verb
to ​help an ​organization, ​system, etc. that is having trouble, often by giving ​financialhelp: The US Federal Reserve ​adjustedinterestrates in January in an attempt to prop up the ​economy.prop up the dollar/pound/yen, etc. Should the Central Bank ​intervene to prop up the ​ailingeuro, or wait for a ​naturalrecovery? The ​pact was ​scrapped last October after Thailand and Malaysia ​quit, saying that it had ​failed to prop up ​prices.
(Definition of prop sth up from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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