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prop up the bar

To spend a large amount of time drinking at a pub or pubs in general. Primarily heard in UK. My father spent most of my childhood propping up the bar, so forgive me if I am not overly enthusiastic about social drinking. John's down at the local, propping up the bar with his mates from work.
See also: bar, prop, up

give props to (one)

To praise and show one respect. Thank you, but I have to give props to Jeanne, who organized this entire event for us.
See also: give, props

prop (someone or something) up

1. To lean someone or something against someone or something else. I propped him up against the side of the building until our taxi arrived. Just prop the rake against the shed when you're done.
2. To help someone or something remain upright with a prop or crutch of some kind. The frame of my bed broke right in the center, so I've been propping it up with a stack of books. I propped up the picture frame with a piece of cardboard to keep it from tipping over.
3. To give someone or something support in order to remain active or keep from failing, especially in a temporary, partial, or secretive capacity. The American film industry props up the entire country's economy—if they decided to go elsewhere to film, hundreds of thousands of people will lose their jobs overnight. My father propped my business up for the first few years to help keep me afloat. It's only just now that I can begin paying him back. Of course it's now known that the United States had been propping dictatorships and shadow presidents up all around the world in order to protect American interests.
See also: prop, up

knock the props out from under someone

Fig. to destroy someone's emotional, financial, or moral underpinnings; to destroy someone's confidence. When you told Sally that she was due to be fired, you really knocked the props out from under her.
See also: knock, out, props

knock the bottom out of

Also, knock the props out from under. Render invalid, undermine. For example, The discovery of another planet that might support life knocks the bottom out of many theories , or Jane's skilled debating knocked the props out from under her opponent. The first expression dates from the late 1800s, the variant from the first half of the 1900s.
See also: bottom, knock, of, out

prop up the bar

spend a considerable time drinking in a pub. informal
See also: bar, prop, up

ˌprop up the ˈbar

(informal, disapproving) spend a lot of time drinking in a pub or a bar: ‘Where’s Paul?’ ‘Propping up the bar in the King’s Head, as usual.’
See also: bar, prop, up


n. evidence of respect; one’s proper respect. You gotta give me my props.
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