from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- transitive verb To prop (something) from below.
from The Century Dictionary.
- To prop from beneath; support; uphold.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- transitive verb To prop from beneath; to put a prop under; to support; to uphold.
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- verb transitive To
propfrom beneath; to put a prop under; to support; to uphold, prop up.
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But, I pray, doth the word underprop or approve the use of anything indifferent, if it be not used according to the foresaid rules, and, by consequence, conveniently and profitably?
The Works of Mr. George Gillespie (Vol. 1 of 2) George Gillespie 1630
_Wheras_ "(Landor's spelling)" I am trying to underprop, not to undermine; I am trying to stop the man-milliner at his ungainly work of trimming and flouncing; I am trying to show how graceful is our English, not in its stiff decrepitude, not in its riotous luxuriance, but in its hale mid-life.
The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 17, No. 104, June, 1866 Various
Now it was I who steadied her leap across a chasm; now came her turn to underprop my foothold till I clambered to a ledge whence I could reach down a hand and drag her up to me.
Sir John Constantine Memoirs of His Adventures At Home and Abroad and Particularly in the Island of Corsica: Beginning with the Year 1756 Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch 1903
Cavendish goes on to observe that Sir Walter was in wonderful declination, yet laboured to underprop himself by my Lord Treasurer and his friends.
I come now to your proof, which indeed is no proof of this anti-gospel assertion, but texts abused, and wrested out of their place, to serve to underprop your erroneous doctrine.
Works of John Bunyan — Volume 02 John Bunyan 1658
Thus Atlas and Hercules clubbed to raise and underprop the falling sky, if you'll believe the wise mythologists, but they raised it some half an inch too high, Atlas to entertain his guest Hercules more pleasantly, and
Gargantua and Pantagruel, Illustrated, Book 4 Fran��ois Rabelais 1518
VVhcfe counfels now mufi; underprop their throne Againft the foe, which not a man but fears;
The works of the British poets : with prefaces, biographical and critical 1795
Or with nw fingle Arm to underprop A falling Tower; nay, in its vicdent Courfe To flop the Lightening, than to ftay a Woman Ta Hurritd a: 6 CRITICAL REFLECTIONS Hurried by two Furies, Luft and Falmood,
Ihall my weary arms infold f\nd underprop my panting fides for ever \
That is questionless, quoth Anselmo, all to underprop and give Lothario more credit with Camilla, who was as careless of the cause (her husband said so) as she was enamoured of Lothario; and therefore with the delight she took in his compositions, but chiefly knowing that his desires and labours were addressed to herself, who was the true Chloris, she entreated him to repeat some other sonnet or ditty, if he remembered any.
The Fourth Book. VII. Wherein Is Prosecuted the History of the Curious-Impertinent 1909
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