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crutch

A crutch is something you lean on when you’re hurt or weak. It can be a physical crutch you use because you broke your leg, or a friend you depend on a bit too much when you’re having a tough time.

A medical crutch is a device that helps you walk when you’re injured. A psychological crutch helps you when you need it, or think you do. Medical crutches come in pairs and have soft pads that fit under your arms and handles to help you rest your body weight on them. Other types of crutches fit securely around the lower part of your arm. The Old English root word is crycce, "staff," and the figurative meaning dates from about 1600.

Definitions of crutch
  1. noun
    a wooden or metal staff that fits under the armpit and reaches to the ground; used by disabled person while walking
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    type of:
    staff
    a strong rod or stick with a specialized utilitarian purpose
  2. noun
    anything that serves as an expedient
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    type of:
    expedient
    a means to an end; not necessarily a principled or ethical one
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