prop1 [ prap ] noun count
1. ) something put under or against something to hold it up or in place
2. ) a piece of furniture or small object used in a play or movie:
a stage prop
3. ) someone or something that helps a system, organization, or person to be strong or to continue to exist:
He found himself becoming the emotional prop of the family.
4. ) one of the forward players in RUGBY
prop 2 [ prap ] verb transitive
to hold something in position by putting something under or against it, or by leaning it against something else:
I noticed a red bicycle propped against the wall.
She looked at me sleepily, head propped on her hands.
prop something open: Prop the door open behind you so we don't get locked out.
,prop `up phrasal verb transitive
1. ) to stop something from falling by putting something under it or against it:
The wall was propped up with wooden poles.
Alice had propped herself up with pillows so she could read in bed.
2. ) to help a government, system, organization, etc. to continue to exist, especially by providing financial or military support:
This new initiative is a desperate attempt to prop up the economy.

Usage of the words and phrases in modern English. 2013.


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