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From up- +‎ stay.


upstay (third-person singular simple present upstays, present participle upstaying, simple past and past participle upstayed)

  1. (now rare) To sustain, support.
    • 1590, Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene, III.xii:
      those two villeins, which her steps vpstayd, / When her weake feete could scarcely her sustaine, / And fading vitall powers gan to fade, / Her forward still with torture did constraine []
    • 1820, The River Duddon A Series of Sonnets, XXVIII, Journey Renewed:
      Close to the vital seat of human clay; / Glad meetings, tender partings, that upstay
    • 1910, The Aeneid of Virgil as translated into English Verse by E. Fairfax Taylor:
      In front, a massive gateway threats the sky, / And posts of solid adamant upstay / An iron tower, firm-planted to defy / All force, divine or human. Night and day,
    • 1917, Henry Charles Beeching, The Oxford Book of English Mystical Verse, 246, The Tree of Life
      Lighten, O sword divine, to clear my way, / And thou, O happy heart, upstay