The civilian experts he needs to prop up one half of his mission will not arrive because they do not exist.
Russia is pouring massive sums of money and arms into Syria to prop up Assad.
Frank Partnoy argues they prove only one thing: the government will go to any lengths to prop up the nation's worthless banks.
Many critics think it was a bad idea to prop up financial firms that might otherwise have collapsed.
Without that spending to prop up demand, expect the boom and bust cycle to get worse.
The big beams of timber are brought to the mines in order to prop up the places where the ore has been taken out.
Gradually he unbent himself, and went back to prop up the hedge.
Scientists have odious manners, except when you prop up their theory; then you can borrow money of them.
You can prop up the wagon and carry the wheel there on horseback.
Is there only power enough to prop up this rickety old system, to keep it running and hold our noses to the grindstone?
"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.
short for propeller, 1914.
"to support," mid-15c., probably from prop (n.1) or a related verb in Dutch. Related: Propped; propping.