underprop

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From under- +‎ prop.

Verb[edit]

underprop (third-person singular simple present underprops, present participle underpropping, simple past and past participle underpropped)

  1. (transitive) To prop from beneath; to put a prop under; to support; to uphold, prop up.
    • 1603, John Florio, translating Michel de Montaigne, Essays, II.12:
      He hath employed all his wit to frame him selfe anew (as impatient of his fortune) and to underprop or uphold himselfe by his inventions.