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cripple

US dialect a dense thicket, usually in marshy land

Cripple

Any member shorter than most of the others in a structure, such as a stud beneath a window.

cripple

[′krip·əl]
(building construction)
A structural member, such as a stud above a window, that is cut less than full length.

cripple

1. In a building frame, a structural element that is shorter than usual, as a stud above a door opening or below a windowsill.
2. In roofing, a bracket that anchors at the ridge line and carries scaffold platforms for roofing workers.
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On the other hand, Hevi-Shot will get the job done at extended ranges where steel is a proven crippler, and this is where it will shine in the hands of those hunters who have the ability to utilize that performance to its fullest.
Arthritis is America's number one crippler, affecting some 40 million people, including 80% of all persons 50 and over.
The alarm was raised after Benoit - nicknamed The Canadian Crippler - sent "curious textmessages" to pals.
You guys don't mind, not with that fat sack of the crippler y'a11 are sittin' on.
But cruelly, in the hot summer of 1947, polio emerged and was appropriately labelled The Crippler.
The divorced father of four said: "It will be a bit of a crippler because I will only be able to fly home and see my children every six weeks.