prop sth up definition, meaning - what is prop sth up in the British English Dictionary & Thesaurus - Cambridge Dictionaries Online

Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “prop sth up”

See all translations

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 Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of prop sth up?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “prop sth up” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

cup tie

a game between two teams trying to win a cup (= prize), especially in football

Word of the Day

What’s All The Commotion About? (Words to describe sounds)

by Kate Woodford,
May 20, 2015
​​​ In this post we look at a range of words and phrases that we use to describe noise and the absence of noise. Starting with complete quiet, we sometimes use the noun hush to describe silence: A hush fell over the room as the bride walked in./There was a deathly hush (=complete

Read More 

ancestral health noun

May 25, 2015
diet based on the presumed diet of our Palaeolithic ancestors ‘Ancestral health,’ to use a term popular among Paleo followers, has gone mass.

Read More