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buttress
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Atlas Shrugged
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as in: buttress the defenses Define
make stronger or defensible
  • He hesitated, then he buttressed his courage with the thought that one did not doubt the good faith and the competence of railroad executives.
  • He sat up straight, buttressed by the columns of paragraphs on yellow-tinged paper, which he was seeing in his mind: "At a time of crucial public need, are we to waste social effort on the manufacture of obsolete products?

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  • The report should buttress the White House case for immigration reform.
  • There is nothing like a newborn baby to renew your spirit - and to buttress your resolve to make the world a better place.
    Virginia Kelley

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unspecified meaning
  • There’s a destroyer loose in the country, who’s cutting down the buttresses one after another to let the structure collapse upon our heads.
  • It would have a great influence on them, it would buttress their confidence, it would help their morale.

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  • Chick Morrison attempted a whistle-stop tour to buttress the country’s morale by speeches on self-sacrifice for the general welfare.

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as in: buttress the defenses Define
make stronger or defensible
as in: a flying buttress Define
an architectural feature that supports the wall of a building
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