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shore up

To give someone or something robust support in the face of difficulty or to prevent potential failure. A noun or pronoun can be used between "shore" and "up." Workers are trying to shore up the levee to prevent a failure. His kindness and generosity shored me up while I dealt with the aftermath of my divorce. The government's actions are meant to shore up the financial companies it deems to be "too big to fail."
See also: shore, up

spend like a sailor (on (shore) leave)

To spend excessively, extravagantly, or wastefully. Now don't go spending like a sailor on shore leave just because you got a bit of a tax refund from the government. The local council has been spending like sailors on this new tram project, while other existing public transport goes into disrepair. Every time my husband's paycheck comes through, he goes out to the pubs and spends like a sailor on leave!
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

shore someone up

Fig. to (figuratively) prop up or support someone. Mary's solid character and personality helped shore her up during her recent problems with the law. Everyone co-operated to shore up John when his mother died.
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shore something up

to prop up or support something. The fence fell over, so we shored it up with more posts. The storm weakened the foundation of our house, and we had to have workers shore up the house.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

shore up

Support, prop, as in The new law was designed to shore up banks in danger of failure. This expression derives from the noun shore, meaning "prop," a beam or timber propped against a structure to provide support. The verb shore dates from 1340 and was first recorded in a figurative context in 1581.
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The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

shore up

To support something with or as if with a prop: The carpenters shored up the sagging floors. The peace initiative was failing, so the leaders met to shore it up.
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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.
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In recent years, the natural gas industry has turned to GTI to help evaluate today's shoring options and develop lower-cost alternative shoring methods.
"Through our interactions with the industry, we identified several areas where significant improvements could be made to lower the cost and time involved with shoring," explains GTI engineer Alicia Farag, who manages shoring projects for the suburban-Chicago-based R&D center.
Researchers noted that traditional steel or aluminum shoring trench boxes (the most common shoring method used by utilities) are often bulky, require special transport and installation equipment, can be very costly, and usually cannot accommodate crossing utility lines.
With the support of OTD, a shoring system is being developed at GTI that is easy to ship (using one utility truck), can accommodate crossing utility lines and can be installed and removed by one person without heavy equipment.
We plan to try the new shoring system in the field just as soon as it is ready.
Using the honeycombed aluminum material, GTI designed, built and tested a shoring system that can be installed on-site in about 20 minutes with a series of interlocking panels that are lowered into the excavation to form the walls of the shoring system.
Says Peterson: ""This new lightweight shoring may let our crews install shoring faster and easier without sacrificing safety."
The shoring system was modeled after standard trench boxes used for small excavations.
"With this system, shoring installation is conducted from outside the excavation," says Farag.