verb (used with object), propped, prop·ping.
- prop root,
- prop wash,
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Examples from the Web for prop
But this year, New Yorkers have a shot at making real changes through a ballot initiative sonorously known as Prop 1.Hate Hyper-Partisanship? Support Redistricting Reform Now|John Avlon|November 3, 2014|DAILY BEAST
This is good—no one needs rape on TV used as a prop, or as background noise, or for shock value.The Walking Dead’s ‘Slabtown’: The Real Source of Terror Isn’t Walkers, It’s Rape|Melissa Leon|November 3, 2014|DAILY BEAST
They see themselves being set up as a sacrifice for a U.S. policy meant to prop up Iraq.
When the former eBay executive ran for Governor of California in 2010, Meg Whitman was explicit in her support for Prop 8.
And the business of science, medicine, and faith itself is to restore or at least to prop up hope, that most complex vapor.
He then fastened a prop between the closely planted posts and tried again, but he could not spring with enough force to get over.Some Three Hundred Years Ago|Edith Gilman Brewster
Immediately on sitting down at his usual table he would open a book, prop it up against the sugar bowl, and begin to read.A Bed of Roses|W. L. George
One Cluvius has left him a prop 183erty at Puteoli, and the house has tumbled down; but he has sent for Chrysippus, an architect.The Life of Cicero|Anthony Trollope
Periculosum est illud per quod quis aliquando captus sit videre; prop se consequuntur proponi formam & exponi pudicitiam.The Curtezan unmasked|Annonymous (a Spiritual Physician)
The prop'ty's all goin' to you, but I guess I shall leave five thousand apiece to the two families out the'e.Ragged Lady, Complete|William Dean Howells
verb props, propping or propped (when tr, often foll by up)
Word Origin for prop
"support," mid-15c., from Middle Dutch proppe "vine prop, support," of unknown origin. Probably related to Old High German pfropfo, German pfropfen "to prop," perhaps from Latin propago "a set, layer of a plant" (see propagation). Irish propa, Gaelic prop are from English.
"object used in a play," 1898, from props (1841), shortened form of properties (which was in theatrical use from early 15c.). Props as slang shortening for proper respects (or something similar) appeared c.1999.
"to support," mid-15c., probably from prop (n.1) or a related verb in Dutch. Related: Propped; propping.
short for propeller, 1914.
see knock the bottom (props) out from.