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limp

verb uk   /lɪmp/ us  

limp verb (PERSON/ANIMAL)

[I] to walk slowly and with difficulty because of having an injured or painful leg or foot: Three minutes into the match, Jackson limped off the pitch with a serious ankle injury.Moving unsteadily or with difficulty

limp verb (PROCESS/THING)

[I + adv/prep] informal to move or develop slowly and with difficulty: The little boat limped slowly towards the shore. After limping along for almost two years, the economy is starting to show signs of recovery.Making progress and advancingBecoming better

limp

adjective uk   /lɪmp/ us  
soft and neither firm nor stiff: a limp lettuce leaf/salad a limp handshakeSoft and fluffy
limply
adverb uk   /-li/ us  
She lay limply in his arms.Weakness and vulnerability
limpness
noun [U] uk   /-nəs/ us  
Weakness and vulnerability

limp

noun [S] uk   /lɪmp/ us  
a way of walking slowly and with difficulty because of having an injured or painful leg or foot: She has a slight limp. He walks with a limp.Moving unsteadily or with difficulty
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