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What does prop up mean as in:

“Well, the elves are happy, aren’t they?” Ron said. “You heard old Winky back at the match …’House-elves are not supposed to have fun’ … that’s what she likes, being bossed around. …”
“It’s people like you, Ron,” Hermione began hotly, “who prop up rotten and unjust systems, just because they’re too lazyto—“

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