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cripple

noun [C] uk   /ˈkrɪp.l̩/ us  
offensive old-fashioned a person who cannot use their arms or legs in a normal wayemotional cripple informal someone who finds it difficult to have or express feelings

cripple

verb [T] uk   /ˈkrɪp.l̩/ us  
to injure someone so that they are unable to walk or move in a normal way to cause serious damage to someone or something, making him, her, or it weak and not effective: a country crippled by war
crippled
adjective uk   /-l̩d/ us  
Someone who is crippled has serious injuries that affect their ability to walk or move: Will she be crippled for life?
crippling
adjective uk   /-l.̩ɪŋ/ /-.lɪŋ/ us  
Something that is crippling causes someone serious injuries or harm: A crippling attack of malaria kept him in bed for months. crippling debts
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