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buoy up


  • WordNet 3.6
    • v buoy up become more cheerful "after a glass of wine, he lightened up a bit"
    • v buoy up keep afloat "The life vest buoyed him up"
    • v buoy up make more cheerful "the conversation lightened me up a bit"
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In literature:

This buoyed up the spirits of the Belgian soldiers and redoubled their efforts.
"The Story of the Great War, Volume II (of VIII)" by Various
Something was buoying it up.
"When the Sleepers Woke" by Arthur Leo Zagat
I have been afraid of going mad, mother, but this buoys me up.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science April 1930" by Various
A youth aboard clambered up to the cross-trees, gave them the direction of the trawl buoy-light, and they started.
"The Harbor of Doubt" by Frank Williams
The load instead of sinking buoyed her up, and, being strapped securely to it, she could not fall off.
"Mlle. Fouchette" by Charles Theodore Murray
But to our rage we now saw the buoy being hauled up.
"Farthest North" by Fridtjof Nansen
I cannot exactly say I feel "fear"; perhaps I cannot define fear; but a heaven-sent optimism buoys me up.
"Liége on the Line of March" by Glenna Lindsley Bigelow
We reached the buoys at about 4.30 and commenced picking up at 6.30.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson, Volume 9" by Robert Louis Stevenson
You know I compare it to the life-buoy, which has held me up above the most tempestuous waves of the sea of existence, eh!
"Cedar Creek" by Elizabeth Hely Walshe
On this beam the framework of the buoy must be free to move up and down.
"Twentieth Century Inventions" by George Sutherland
The Venetians had taken up the buoys which marked the fairway, and had placed a light squadron on the lagoon.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 6, Slice 2" by Various
His frame seemed to expand, and to be buoyed up, by his glowing enthusiasm, above the very height of humanity.
"Harper's New Monthly Magazine, Volume 1, No. 4, September, 1850" by Various
She knew it, clutched at him and hung on him, a dead weight, while he buoyed her up.
"Old Crow" by Alice Brown
If it should increase, he would be doubled up in the water and, in spite of the buoy, go down like a stone.
"Banked Fires" by E. W. (Ethel Winifred) Savi
The youth was buoyed up by the very impossibility.
"La Sorcière: The Witch of the Middle Ages" by Jules Michelet
The Second Mate was standing up at the tiller, listening for a hail, gazing anxiously ahead for gleam of a painted life-buoy.
"The Brassbounder" by David W. Bone
It was fear more than hope which buoyed me up.
"A Monk of Cruta" by E. Phillips Oppenheim
There is something in inordinate self-esteem that buoys up this kind of man.
"Diary And Notes Of Horace Templeton, Esq. Volume I (of II)" by Charles James Lever
Two hopes buoyed him up, and carried him along through every opposing difficulty.
"Diary And Notes Of Horace Templeton, Esq. Volume II (of II)" by Charles James Lever
It is disconcerting when you have buoyed yourself up to confession to find that someone else has done all the confessing for you.
"Just Gerry" by Christine Chaundler

In poetry:

'Tis hope that buoys our spirits up,
Along the chequer'd way,
And when we drain the bitter cup
It points a brighter day.
"Hope" by James McCauley
The spark of his first deathless fire
Yet buoys him up, and high above
The holiest creature, dares aspire
To the Creator's love.
"Thirteenth Sunday After Trinity" by John Keble
In the eastern sky up-buoying,
The sorrowful vast phantom moves illumin'd;
('Tis some mother's large, transparent face,
In heaven brighter growing.)
"Dirge For Two Veterans" by Walt Whitman
Then Hill essay'd; scarce vanish'd out of sight,
He buoys up instant, and returns to light:
He bears no token of the sable streams,
And mounts far off among the swans of Thames.
"The Dunciad: Book II." by Alexander Pope
Such a lot of paste
And twine it took, and wrapping or daily paper,
And twists for its tail, lest it cut too great a caper
Up in the cumulous, out in the bellying, buoying air. . . .
Now it hangs there!
"Kites" by William Rose Benet

In news:

Jobs data don't buoy up experts.
He and friends were wading out in the surf watching tarpon tear up the water about 20 yards in the swim buoys.
Crewmen on the Coast Guard buoy tender Spar tend the twin Caterpillar diesels before firing them up.
A member of the US Coast Guard walks on the deck of a barge used to place navigational buoys, seen at right, along the Mississippi River to aid vessels as they travel up and down the waterway Friday in St Louis.
12A Buoy in Fort Pierce serves up must-try seafood.
The Alder's crew just wrapped up its fall buoy retrieval work, and will be stopping in Grand Haven for rest and recreation, the Coast Guard said.
Buoyed by a three-game winning streak after dropping nine in a row, the Chicago Blackhawks moved up three spots to No 10 in's weekly Power Rankings on Monday.
Some say the mortgage interest deduction buoys up the middle class and boosts homeownership.