shore up


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Verb1.shore up - support by placing against something solid or rigid; "shore and buttress an old building"
hold up, support, sustain, hold - be the physical support of; carry the weight of; "The beam holds up the roof"; "He supported me with one hand while I balanced on the beam"; "What's holding that mirror?"
bolster - prop up with a pillow or bolster

shore up

verb support, strengthen, reinforce, prop, brace, underpin, augment, buttress They may find it hard to shore up their defences.
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White House pandering to the La Raza revolutionaries also belies the administration's current efforts to shore up its conservative base by proclaiming border security to be a top-priority issue.
Coast 2050 also recommended that federal agencies dredge soils and ancient sandbars to create new marshlands; plug up the Mississippi River Gulf Outlet; and shore up barrier islands that are the first line of defense against approaching hurricanes.
In the wake of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, insurers and reinsurers--particularly those based in Bermuda--are plunging into the capital markets with equity and debt offerings, raising funds to shore up battered balance sheets as they head into the January reinsurance renewal season.