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- (idiomatic) To reinforce or strengthen (something at risk of failure).
- They hastened outside between storms to shore up the damaged fence.
- He needed something bold and dramatic to shore up his failing candidacy.
- I shored up a geranium with earth after it had flopped over.
- 2011 October 20, Jamie Lillywhite, “Tottenham 1 - 0 Rubin Kazan”, in BBC Sport:
- Redknapp was determined to secure victory and sent on Younes Kaboul and star playmaker Luka Modric to shore things up.
to reinforce (something at risk of failure)