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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
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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)
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