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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR BOLSTERING

And with that bolstering thought he brought his head up sharply.

Unconsciously he has been bolstering up the eventual Renaissance.

They're bolstering it up somewhat, so as to keep on hooking tourists, I presume.

It is the most primitive way of bolstering one's limitations.

I hate the being suspected of fishing for a pedigree, or bolstering one up with false statements.

She was asking Petrarch to do her an inestimable service by bolstering up her third-rate university.

It—the bolstering up—has been going on for a long time now, to what extent I am not prepared to show.

And it was just when he was bolstering up his courage in this fashion that he heard a sudden sharp cry from his chum.

For the next two years she devoted herself to bolstering the cause of the Loyalists.

And so—well, anyhow, we satisfied our sense of beauty by cautiously repairing that fence and bolstering up that giddy gate.

WORD ORIGIN

Old English bolster "bolster, cushion, something stuffed so that it swells up," especially "long, stuffed pillow," from Proto-Germanic *bolkhstraz (cf. Old Norse bolstr, Danish, Swedish, Dutch bolster, German polster), from PIE *bhelgh- "to swell" (see belly (n.)).

Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.