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Supporter not actually backing you up (5)


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'up' is the definition.
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(Other definitions for stool that I've seen before include "item of furniture here" , "place butt on one?" , "Armless seat" , "Motion" , "Small seat" .)

I've seen this clue in the Evening Standard.
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