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1. To physically support and elevate someone or something. A noun or pronoun can be used between "buoy" and "up." My daughter needs floaties to buoy her up in the pool.
2. To emotionally support someone or something. A noun or pronoun can be used between "buoy" and "up." I can always count on my friends to buoy me up during tough times.
3. To bolster or strengthen someone or something. A noun or pronoun can be used between "buoy" and "up." They're counting on the popular young actor's endorsement to really buoy up their campaign.
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buoy someone or something up
to keep someone or something afloat. Use this cushion to buoy yourself up. The log buoyed up the swimmer until help came. The air trapped in the hull buoyed the boat up.
buoy someone up
Fig. to support, encourage, or sustain someone. The good news buoyed her up considerably. Her good humor buoyed up the entire party.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
1. To keep something or someone aloft or afloat: Air currents helped buoy up the glider. The life jacket buoyed me up until I was rescued.
2. To keep something at a high level; support something: The advertising campaign buoyed up their sales through the summer. The athlete's endorsement buoyed the politician up.
3. To hearten or inspire someone or something: The cheering fans buoyed up the team's spirit. Your kind words have buoyed me up.
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs. Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.