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crutchnoun

uk   us   /krʌtʃ/
[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 ​leginjury: Martin ​broke his ​leg and has been on crutches for the past six ​weeks. [S] often disapproving something that ​provideshelp 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
(Definition of crutch from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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crutchnoun [C]

 us   /krʌtʃ/
a ​stick with a ​piece that ​fits under or around the ​arm which someone who is having ​difficultywalkingleans on for ​support: Marty was on crutches for six ​weeks when he ​broke his ​leg.
(Definition of crutch from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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