[ verb ] support by placing against something solid or rigid


prop_up prop shore


"shore and buttress an old building"

Used in print

(The Christian Science Monitor...)

But for the United_States and its SEATO allies to attempt to shore_up a less tough , less combat-tested government army in monsoon-shrouded , road-shy , guerrilla-th ' - wisp terrain is a risk not savored by Pentagon planners .

(Arthur S. Miller, "Toward a Concept of National...)

Operating side_by_side , together they helped shore_up the nation-state .

Related terms

hold bolster prop shore