What is the opposite of bolster?

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Opposite of to strengthen or provide support to
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Opposite of to strengthen or reaffirm in rank or position
“His latest traffic transgression would undermine his clean driving record.”
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Opposite of to make stronger or more solid
“If your hair has been permed or relaxed, color has to be applied carefully or it can weaken the structure of your hair.”
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(typography) Opposite of to make a typeface have a thicker or heavier stroke
“I can't read any of this until you narrow the typeface.”
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Opposite of to increase in degree, amount, size, or value
“By considering the collateral and cascading effects in military planning, one can plan actions to mitigate the likelihood of negative and unintended effects.”
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Opposite of to prop up
“I will lift my tired legs from this couch once they are fully rested.”
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Opposite of to give evidence or testimony to the truth or factuality of
“Of course, they look for information that they want to hear and they try to disprove or suppress information they don't want to hear.”
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Opposite of to strengthen or stabilize
“The lies are just the latest attempt to destabilize a fractured country.”
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Opposite of to free from fear, doubt or anxiety
“They might in fact, have borne down a great deal more than they met with, for there was little to distress them beyond the want of graciousness and warmth.”
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Opposite of to support the weight of
“The carriages will break under the weight of all that we're taking with us to Mount Vernon.”
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Opposite of to contribute in some way to
“The wrong colors will certainly worsen the room's dullness.”
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Opposite of to make progress or increase the skill of
“His ability to perform will diminish when age catches up with him.”
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Opposite of to maintain or defend, as a cause or a claim, by words or measures
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Opposite of to provide moral support
“His decision to dissociate himself from the controversial organization was met approvingly by the wider public.”
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Opposite of to brace or provide support to
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Opposite of to provide encouragement to
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Opposite of to provide assistance, typically financially
“The billionaire would withhold his financial backing from any causes that were not in line with his vision for the future.”
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Opposite of to receive and reduce the force of an impact
“Speeding reduces the time you have to react to a potential crash and can increase the force of the impact.”
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Opposite of to maintain or defend, as a cause or a claim, by words or measures
“Scanlan does not attempt to excuse the disturbing character of some of Dostoevsky's rhetoric, though he does note that the novelist does not seek to attack their civil liberties.”
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Opposite of to bear or support without breaking or failing
“Apparently, paleontologists have wondered for years as to why the brachiosaurus didn't collapse under its own weight.”
Noun
Opposite of a strengthening piece of iron or timber used in building or carpentry
Noun
Opposite of a pole or beam used as a temporary support or to keep something in position
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