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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 sitting upright in his hospital bed, propped up by pillows.
There were the usual bunch of drinkers propped 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 difficult situation:

How long is the government likely to survive without the US military force 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 /prɒp/ us verb

to help an organization, system, etc. that is having trouble, often by giving financial help:

The US Federal Reserve adjusted interest rates 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 ailing euro, or wait for a natural recovery?
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)