prop

Part of speech: verb

To support so as to keep from falling; sustain.

Part of speech: noun

A support.

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Usage examples "prop":

  1. In time of deep trouble, when they happen to be round, a chap feels inclined to grab holt of poor human critters, but they ain't much of a prop to hang to. - "King Spruce, A Novel", Holman Day.
  2. There remains, I believe, to be considered only R. L. S., the house- bond, prop, pillar, bread- winner, and bully of the establishment. - "The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. 24 (of 25)", Robert Louis Stevenson Other: Andrew Lang.
  3. He is now the prop of the 'Cocoa- Tree, ' the star of Ranelagh, the Lauzun of the green- room. - "Peg Woffington", Charles Reade.