"I should say we had," Frank immediately replied, anxious to buoy up the spirits of his companion as much as possible.
His hopeful spirits had helped to buoy up her expectations and assuage the sorrows of the present.
Very slender hopes serve to buoy up people in circumstances like ours.
The air being less dense in wet weather, cannot buoy up smoke so readily, as when more dry and heavy.
The float is formed by a reflexion of both the ectoderm and endoderm, and serves to buoy up the animal at the surface of the sea.
Her temper had been soured by disappointment and p. 43trouble; and hope, so long deferred, ceased to buoy up her spirit.
Of course the quantity of air is for more than sufficient to buoy up the weight of a man.
It not only rose itself, but helped to buoy up its unfortunate brother.
In this fashion did Dick seek to buoy up the low spirits of his companion.
There was no doubt she indulged in these boorish discourtesies simply to buoy up her own ego, which must have suffered greatly.
late 16c., "to mark with a buoy," from buoy (n.). Meaning "rise up, lift, sustain" is from c.1600, perhaps influenced by Spanish boyar "to float," ultimately from the same source. In the figurative sense (of hopes, spirits, etc.) it is recorded from 1640s. Related: Buoyed; buoying.