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cripple

verb [T]
 
 
/ˈkrɪpl/
BODY to injure someone so that they cannot use their arms or legs: [often passive] His son was crippled by a riding accident.Injuring and injuries
DAMAGE to damage something very badly and make it weak or not effective: [often passive] It was a country crippled by war.Damaging and spoilingDestroying and demolishing
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