- proper or due respect or recognition; credit:I give him props for putting up with annoying customers.
Origin of props
- 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
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Origin of prop2
- a propeller.
Origin of prop3
Examples from the Web for props
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In the barrios of Los Angeles the gangsters get the most props and respect.The Mexican Mafia Is the Daddy of All Street Gangs
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What is offensive is having a bunch of African-American women with big booties in your videos twerking as props.‘Dear White People’: How An Ex-Publicist’s Twitter Became One of the Year’s Most Important Films
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They spent the next year researching clothing, hair, makeup, lighting, and props.The Man Behind Marilyn Malkovich
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She is certainly a risk-taker and attention-getter, but often for matters of costume, props, and behavior.Can Lady Gaga Do Jazz?
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It has fixed rules which are the props of order, and will not swerve or bend in extreme cases.Statesman
Put up a forest of props (as at the Abbey) and keep off touch and contamination?The Christian
He felt as if the props had been kicked from beneath a line on which swung all his best linen.Mixed Faces
Many of the walls are supported by props to prevent them from tumbling.
The young manager watched the operations and took a tally of the props.The Pit Prop Syndicate
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- slang, mainly US and Canadian proper respectprops to my dad
- (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 props
"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 props
see knock the bottom (props) out from.