Definition of Shore up

1. Verb. Support by placing against something solid or rigid. "Shore and buttress an old building"

Exact synonyms: Prop, Prop Up, Shore
Generic synonyms: Hold, Hold Up, Support, Sustain
Specialized synonyms: Bolster
Derivative terms: Prop, Shore, Shoring, Shoring Up

Definition of Shore up

1. Verb. (idiomatic) To reinforce or strengthen (something at risk of failure). ¹

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Shore Up

shore dinner
shore dotterel
shore duty
shore fly
shore lark
shore leave
shore patrol
shore pine
shore pit viper
shore plover
shore plum
shore snipe
shore station
shore teetan
shore thistle
shore up (current term)

Literary usage of Shore up

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Cyclopædia of India and of Eastern and Southern Asia, Commercial, Industrial by Edward Balfour (1871)
"... as they саше through the air made a deep impression ou- the mind of the people in that region, and waa heard, «s was reported, along the sea shore up to ..."

2. Lawyers' Reports Annotated by Lawyers Co-operative Publishing Company (1905)
"The court of appeals of Kentucky says : "The proprietor making the excavation cannot be charged with damages for negligence because he failed to shore up ..."

3. Reports of Cases Argued and Determined in the Court of Common Pleas: With by Sir William Hodges, Great Britain Court of Common Pleas, Court of Common Pleas, Great Britain (1838)
"... although the defendant did not shore up or protect the plaintiffs' said last-mentioned vault; and the defendant did not nor would use due care or skill, ..."

4. Reports of Cases Argued and Determined in the Court of King's Bench: With by Great Britain Court of King's Bench, George Mifflin Wharton (1845)
"78, and the tenant of the adjoining bouse, who was ander covenant to repair, finding it necessary, in consequence, to shore up his house, and to pull down ..."

5. The Irish Jurist (1861)
"To the first count the defendant pleaded that the wall was not a party wall, nor was it part and parcel of said two houses, that he did brace, shore up, ..."

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