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as in:  to bolster

So I’d grabbed a book for myself and propped up a row of pillows for Mia to bolster her leg against, like she liked to at night.
Gayle Forman  --  Where She Went
  support and strengthen
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bolster bolstered bolsters bolstering
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  • So I’d grabbed a book for myself and propped up a row of pillows for Mia to bolster her leg against, like she liked to at night.
    Gayle Forman  --  Where She Went
  • But I am bolstered by Liv Crawford, whom I haven’t actually seen in some time but whose daily contact with me is most regular, in the form of a different catered box dinner delivered each afternoon by her new assistant, Julie, a cheery, bouncy young woman whose talk and dress are uncannily like Liv’s.
    Chang-rae Lee  --  A Gesture Life
  • The tension seemed to have drained away, Bellamy’s mood visibly bolstered by his successful kill.
    Kass Morgan  --  The 100
  • "If you hadn’t been out dallying all day you would know that"—her voice rose, bolstered, as if anger alone could keep tears at bay—"that I now have a funeral to pay for.
    Marissa Meyer  --  Cinder

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  • Nathan would —main on the ground, remove the joystick and turn it to anual, and then carefully tie and bolster the chair, sec ring the pedals.
    Jojo Moyes  --  Me Before You
  • "Well," he said aloud, to bolster his courage, "there’s no time to waste, so here goes."
    Trenton Lee Stewart  --  The Mysterious Benedict Society
  • But the feeling of the general public — bolstered by the press’s focus on the "poverty-stricken" Catherine O’Leary and the "drunken" firefighters — wasn’t sympathetic at all.
    Jim Murphy  --  The Great Fire
  • The memory of defeats followed by eventual victory in the Revolution helped bolster Confederate morale in similar times of trouble.
    James M. McPherson  --  What They Fought For - 1861-1865
  • But all the upholstered furniture had been cleared out of the sitting room and had been replaced by cushions and bolsters and African mats.
    V.S. Naipaul  --  A Bend in the River
  • It then occurred to me that what had further bolstered the kinship I felt for Sophie and Nathan during these nascent few days of our friendship had been our common passion for music.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice

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  • The rope, sawn through, let go with a shuddering snap and my arms dropped like bolsters, aching with released strain.
    Diana Gabaldon  --  Outlander
  • Each silent mile gave him more strength and, he imagined, bolstered her respect for him.
    Dave Eggers  --  A Hologram for the King
  • Because—you were always so good to Andy—bolstering him, improving his confidence.
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch
  • I felt Claire’s hand bolstering my arm, and leaned into her.
    James Patterson  --  1st to Die
  • He took her hand in his, gave it a bolstering squeeze.
    Nora Roberts  --  Dark Witch
  • Beside the window the enormous bed was made up, with ragged blankets and a coverless bolster.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • We’ve all started to put down the virtues of the other factions in the process of bolstering our own.
    Veronica Roth  --  Divergent
  • "Jace saw him die," she added, as if to bolster her claim.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Bones
  • The guide watched Kiouni, who slept standing, bolstering himself against the trunk of a large tree.
    Jules Verne  --  Around the World in 80 Days
  • Some saw themselves as pawns in a broader scheme by Scipio to paint himself as a reformer to bolster a possible run for sheriff.
    Warren St. John  --  Outcasts United
  • The pale yellow bolster pillow is the ugliest thing I’ve ever seen, packaged on the ends like a big yellow hotdog.
    Kathryn Stockett  --  The Help
  • By rolling up one end one makes a sort of bolster.
    Albert Camus  --  The Stranger
  • Labor-intensive industries — agriculture, construction, food processing, restaurants, domestic help agencies — want cheap immigrant labor to bolster their bottom lines.
    Sonia Nazario  --  Enrique’s Journey
  • Two bolsters can be piled on top of each other.
    Anne Frank  --  The Diary of a Young Girl
  • It was not enough to see by, but it bolstered Eragon’s confidence.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eragon
  • ’Well Masters,’ said Nob, ’I’ve ruffled up the clothes and put in a bolster down the middle of each bed.
    J.R.R. Tolkien  --  The Fellowship of the Ring
  • I wanted you to have a chance to get yourself on solid ground, get your heart bolstered up first.
    Sue Monk Kidd  --  The Secret Life of Bees
  • Prince Andrew answered all his questions reluctantly but reasonably, and then said he wanted a bolster placed under him as he was uncomfortable and in great pain.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • The idea of sleeping in the near open bolstered my sense of freedom.
    Maya Angelou  --  I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
  • For this is one of those disheartening instances where truth requires full as much bolstering as error.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • His other arm bolstered Nurse Duckett, who was trembling and sobbing against him, too, her long, angular face dead white.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • It were a tedious difficulty, I think, To bring them to that prospect: damn them then, If ever mortal eyes do see them bolster More than their own!
    William Shakespeare  --  Othello, the Moor of Venice
  • When court convened at the next term the court and sheriff were bolstered by sixty militiamen, but by then the defendant was not available for trial.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  Outliers
  • Well, now, the under sheet you must bring over the bolster,—so—and tuck it clear down under the mattress nice and smooth,—so,—do you see?
    Harriet Beecher Stowe  --  Uncle Tom’s Cabin
  • I dragged myself toward the bed, to seek the only defense I had left—my saving knife; but I could not reach the bolster.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Three Musketeers
  • From the other side of the camp, Saphira rushed to his side, bolstering him with her own reserves of energy.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eldest
  • She went back into the bedroom, only to discover that Simon was asleep in the center of the bed, clutching the bolster pillow as if it were a human being.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Ashes
  • It will flush every drop of rice wine from your body, remove the dependence and even bolster your failing liver.
    Eoin Colfer  --  Artemis Fowl
  • I faced it without fear nor terror because my faith was strong in the Lord, a-bolstering and sustaining me.
    William Faulkner  --  As I Lay Dying
  • The family tried to bolster Melanie’s courage after each of these disappointments.
    Margaret Mitchell  --  Gone with the Wind
  • Bulbs and bolsters!
    C.S. Lewis  --  Prince Caspian: The Return to Narnia
  • We put Alphie in the pram and pile around him the pot, the pan, the kettle, the jam jars and mugs, the Pope, two bolsters and the coats from the beds.
    Frank McCourt  --  Angela’s Ashes
  • Would we but collect enough, she would clean and sort it, and there would be no end to the bolsters, pillows, saddles, and cushions she would stuff with it.
    Johann Wyss  --  The Swiss Family Robinson
  • I watched them leave, wishing I could feel whatever hope bolstered them, and wishing I could be alone with the computer for just a few seconds.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  Breaking Dawn
  • For herself, she did nothing but caper about in the front chambers, jump on and off the bedsteads, and lie on the mattresses and piled-up bolsters and pillows before the enormous fires roaring in the chimneys.
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre
  • The first question which I am tempted to put to the proprietor of such great impropriety is, Who bolsters you?
    Henry David Thoreau  --  Walden
  • Bolstered by the destruction of the locket they set to debating the possible locations of the other Horcruxes and even though they had discussed the matter so often before.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
  • The bed had a spring mattress, and a special sort of bolster and silk pillowcases on the little pillows.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  Anna Karenina
  • Often he went to sleep on it, as he was, without undressing, without sheets, wrapped in his old student’s overcoat, with his head on one little pillow, under which he heaped up all the linen he had, clean and dirty, by way of a bolster.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  Crime and Punishment
  • The girl lay against the rock, bolstered up by its support.
    James Vance Marshall  --  Walkabout
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