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cripple

verb [T]     /ˈkrɪp.l̩/
to injure someone so that they are unable to walk or move in a normal wayInjuring and injuries to cause serious damage to someone or something, making him, her, or it weak and not effective: a country crippled by warDamaging and spoilingDestroying and demolishing crippled     /-l̩d/ adjective describes someone with serious injuries that affect their ability to walk or move: Will she be crippled for life?Handicap and the disabled crippling     /-l.̩ɪŋ/ /-.lɪŋ/ adjective describes something that causes someone serious injuries or harm: A crippling attack of malaria kept him in bed for months. crippling debtsLimiting and restrictingPreventing and impeding
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