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crutch

noun uk   /krʌtʃ/ us  
[C usually plural] a stick with a piece that fits under the arm, that you lean on for support if you have difficulty in walking because of a foot or leg injury: Martin broke his leg and has been on crutches for the past six weeks. [S] often disapproving something that provides help and support and that you depend on, often too much: As an atheist, he believes that religion is just an emotional crutch for the insecure. [C] → crotch
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