bolstered by the momentum of Savage, Masters continued to accumulate up-and-coming conservative talent.
It has bolstered trade relations with Russia, China, and India to offset the consequences of US-led economic sanctions.
Consumer confidence is bolstered by two important measures: the jobs market and the housing market.
Brown's appalling meltdown has only bolstered Nick Clegg and his Liberal Democrats, the poster boys this election season.
Their numbers have been bolstered by an uptick in military defections.
Others trimmed hedges and trees, put the lawn mower to their grass, bolstered up sagging fences, and rehung gates.
They gently raised him, bolstered him with pillows, and told him he had long been ill.
It was amusing to behold him bolstered up in bed, exultant to the highest degree.
He was no aristocrat, propped and bolstered by grand relatives.
It was a poor sort of consolation with which he bolstered himself, and he spent many miserable hours during those last few days.
Old English bolster "bolster, cushion, something stuffed so that it swells up," especially "long, stuffed pillow," from Proto-Germanic *bolkhstraz (cf. Old Norse bolstr, Danish, Swedish, Dutch bolster, German polster), from PIE *bhelgh- "to swell" (see belly (n.)).
mid-15c. (implied in bolstered), "propped up, made to bulge" (originally of a woman's breasts), from bolster (n.). Figurative sense is from c.1500, on the notion of "to support with a bolster, prop up." Related: Bolstering.
The Hebrew word _kebir_, rendered "pillow" in 1 Sam. 19:13, 16, but in Revised Version marg. "quilt" or "network," probably means some counterpane or veil intended to protect the head of the sleeper. A different Hebrew word (meraashoth') is used for "bolster" (1 Sam. 26:7, 11, 16). It is rightly rendered in Revised Version "at his head." In Gen. 28:11, 18 the Authorized Version renders it "for his pillows," and the Revised Version "under his head." In Ezek. 13:18, 20 another Hebrew word (kesathoth) is used, properly denoting "cushions" or "pillows," as so rendered both in the Authorized and the Revised Version.