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crutch (plural crutches)
- A device to assist in motion as a cane, especially one that provides support under the arm to reduce weight on a leg.
- He walked on crutches for a month until the cast was removed from his leg.
- Something that supports, often used negatively to indicate that it is not needed and causes an unhealthful dependency; a prop
- Alcohol became a crutch to help him through the long nights; eventually it killed him.
- A crotch; the area of body where the legs fork from the trunk.
device to assist in motion as a cane
something that supports
crotch — see crotch
- (transitive) To support on crutches; to prop up.
- Two fools that crutch their feeble sense on verse. — Dryden.
- (transitive) To shear the hindquarters of a sheep; to dag.
- After learning how to crutch at 13, he could dag 400 sheep in a day by the spring of 1965 and earned himself more than just a bit of pocket money. — 2010 January 29, Emma Partridge, Stock Journal, Richie Foster a cut above the rest,