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Shore-up

DEFINITION

Strengthen. Bolster. Although the terms come from construction, such as shoring up the foundation of a house so it won’t slide down a hill, it is also used to imply any situation where you try to improve the stability of a process, business or relationship.

“After years of anger between us, I’ve tried to shore up our family interrelationships.”

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