2 [shawr, shohr]
a supporting post or beam with auxiliary members, especially one placed obliquely against the side of a building, a ship in drydock, or the like; prop; strut.
verb (used with object), shored, shoring.
to support by or as if by a shore or shores; prop (usually followed by up ): to shore up a roof; government subsidies to shore up falling corn prices.

1300–50; (noun) Middle English; cognate with Middle Low German, Middle Dutch schore prop; (v.) shoren, derivative of the noun

1. brace, buttress, stay. Unabridged
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World English Dictionary
shore1 (ʃɔː)
1.  the land along the edge of a sea, lake, or wide riverRelated: littoral
2.  a.  land, as opposed to water (esp in the phrase on shore)
 b.  (as modifier): shore duty
3.  law the tract of coastland lying between the ordinary marks of high and low water
4.  (often plural) a country: his native shores
5.  (tr) to move or drag (a boat) onto a shore
Related: littoral
[C14: probably from Middle Low German, Middle Dutch schōre; compare Old High German scorra cliff; see shear]

shore2 (ʃɔː)
1.  a prop, post, or beam used to support a wall, building, ship in dry dock, etc
vb (often foll by up)
2.  to prop or make safe with or as if with a shore
[C15: from Middle Dutch schōre; related to Old Norse skortha prop]

shore3 (ʃɔː)
(Austral), (NZ) a past tense of shear

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Word Origin & History

c.1300, "land bordering a large body of water," perhaps from M.L.G. schor "shore, coast, headland," or M.Du. scorre "land washed by the sea," probably from P.Gmc. *skur- "cut" and according to etymologists originally with a sense of "division" between land and water, and thus related to O.E. sceran
"shear, to cut" (see shear). But if the word originated on the North Sea coast of the continent, it may as well have meant "land 'cut off' from the mainland by tidal marshes" (cf. O.N. skerg "an isolated rock in the sea," related to sker "to cut, shear"). Few I.E. languages have such a single comprehensive word for "land bordering water" (Gk. had one word for sandy beaches, another for rocky headlands). General application to "country near a seacoast" is attested from 1611.

mid-14c., "to prop, support with a prop;" of obscure etymology though widespread in W.Gmc.; cf. M.Du. schooren "to prop up, support," O.N. skorða (n.) "a piece of timber set up as a support."
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Idioms & Phrases

shore up

Support, prop, as in The new law was designed to shore up banks in danger of failure. This expression derives from the noun shore, meaning "prop," a beam or timber propped against a structure to provide support. The verb shore dates from 1340 and was first recorded in a figurative context in 1581.

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Example sentences
The difference is that there are fewer restraints on the lengths to which they
  can go in order to shore up their power base.
To counter boredom and shore up recession-crimped finances, a retirement career
  can be a win-win.
The government at last recognises the need to do more to shore up its financial
Ringing statements that the big economies would do whatever it took to shore up
  the system had real value.
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