- to support, or prevent from falling, with or as if with a prop (often followed by up): to prop an old fence; to prop up an unpopular government.
- to rest (a thing) against a support: He propped his cane against the wall.
- to support or sustain (often followed by up).
- a stick, rod, pole, beam, or other rigid support.
- a person or thing serving as a support or stay: His father is his financial prop.
Origin of prop1
SynonymsSee more synonyms for prop on Thesaurus.com
Examples from the Web for propping
As much as advancing a political cause, SarahPAC seems to be a lifestyle play, propping up an expensive ideological entourage.Palin’s SarahPAC Embarrassment: Consultants Are Cashing In
March 29, 2013
Let's phase out the government's role in propping up big sugar, and while we're at it, perhaps ethanol as well?End Big Sugar's Government Handouts
March 25, 2013
Nope, he has to be seen landing his chopper on the South Lawn, propping his leather loafers on his mahogany desk in the Oval.Why Obama Fled His Hawaii Vacation in Shadow of the Fiscal Cliff
December 27, 2012
Enzi, the white-haired Republican from Wyoming, has been broadly against government spending and propping up risky industries.Senator's Clean-Coal Bonanza
Steve McVicker, Daniel Stone
November 3, 2011
Irish Finance Minister Brian Lenihan originally estimated the cost of propping up the bank at $6.1 billion.The Men Who Killed the Economy
November 19, 2010
Over this they had pitched the tent, using the rock for table, propping their dummies about it.Rimrock Trail
J. Allan Dunn
With unnatural strength he had succeeded in propping himself on his elbow.Crime and Punishment
The old bridge had stood, with propping and patching, six centuries.The Every Day Book of History and Chronology
We are propping up the Consolidated Water Company in this state.The Landloper
By entering carefully, propping up the roof, they could save it.Saragossa
Benito Prez Galds
- (tr) to support with a rigid object, such as a stick
- (tr usually also foll by against) to place or lean
- (tr) to sustain or support
- (intr) Australian and NZ to stop suddenly or unexpectedly
- something that gives rigid support, such as a stick
- a person or thing giving support, as of a moral or spiritual nature
- rugby either of the forwards at either end of the front row of a scrum
- short for property (def. 8)
- an informal word for propeller
Word Origin and History for propping
"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.
Idioms and Phrases with propping
see knock the bottom (props) out from.