From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishprop something ↔ up phrasal verb1SUPPORT/HOLD UPto prevent something from falling by putting something against it or under itThe builders are trying to prop up the crumbling walls of the church. againstpaintings propped up against the wall2HELPto help an economy, industry, or government so that it can continue to exist, especially by giving moneyThe government introduced measures to prop up the stock market.3prop yourself upSUPPORT/HOLD UP to hold your body up by leaning against somethingprop yourself up on/against/withShe propped herself up on one elbow. →prop→ See Verb table
Examples from the Corpus
prop up• We will secretly prop it up.• Hickspropped him up against the bathroomdoor and let him talk.• Just as they propped David up against the side of the displaycounter, the managerstrode self-importantly along the aisle.• He propped Freddie up against the wall, and poured some straightgin from the bottle down his throat.• Philip picked up his bike, propping it up against the wall so it halfslipped again.• Brian propped himself up on his elbows, suddenly remembering that the alarm had gone off.• He props himself up on one elbow.• One table-leg was too short, but she propped it up with a bit of brokendish.prop against• I managed to heaveCharlie into the mainbar and prop him up against a wall.• Hicks propped him up against the bathroom door and let him talk.• Just as they propped David up against the side of the display counter, the manager strode self-importantly along the aisle.• He propped Freddie up against the wall, and poured some straight gin from the bottle down his throat.prop on/against/with• She stretched and propped herself up on an elbow, aware that something was not quite right.• Brian propped himself up on his elbows, suddenly remembering that the alarm had gone off.• Hefinished the last rep and propped himself up on his elbows.• I could see Petershaking his head in the fairway, as he propped himself up on his sandwedge.• Harrypropped himself up on one elbow and pulledopen the topdrawer of the bedsidecabinet.• Rufus had propped himself up on one elbow, watching.• He props himself up on one elbow.