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prop

noun (SUPPORT)    /prɒp/ US  /prɑːp/
[C] an object that is used to support something by holding it up: I need some sort of a prop to keep the washing line up.figurative A lot of people use cigarettes as a sort of social prop (= to make them feel more confident).Physical supports and supportingArches, columns and beams (also prop forward) a player in a rugby team who is large and strong, and who supports the scrumRugbyGeneral terms used in ball sports
(Definition of prop noun (SUPPORT) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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