Meaning of “crutch” in the English Dictionary

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"crutch" in British English

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crutchnoun

uk /krʌtʃ/ 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 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

(Definition of “crutch” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"crutch" in American English

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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 difficulty walking leans 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)