shore up

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shore up

  1. (idiomatic) To reinforce or strengthen (something at risk of failure).
    They hastened outside between storms to shore up the damaged fence.
    He needed something bold and dramatic to shore up his failing candidacy.
    • 2011 October 20, Jamie Lillywhite, “Tottenham 1 - 0 Rubin Kazan”, BBC Sport:
      Redknapp was determined to secure victory and sent on Younes Kaboul and star playmaker Luka Modric to shore things up.

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