underprop
Verb

underprop (underprops, present participle underpropping; past and past participle underpropped)

  1. (transitive) To prop from beneath; to put a prop under; to support; to uphold, prop up.
    • 1603, Michel de Montaigne, John Florio, transl., The Essayes, […], printed at London: By Val[entine] Simmes for Edward Blount […], OCLC 946730821 ↗:
      , II.12:
      He hath employed all his wit to frame him selfe anew (as impatient of his fortune) and to underprop or uphold himselfe by his inventions.



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