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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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They bore the trying spectacle in silence, until the mysterious visitor was at a safe distance; when they burst into pebbles and yells, and likewise into reviling dances, and in all respects buried the pipe of peace with so many savage ceremonies, that, if Mr Cripples had been the chief of the Cripplewayboo tribe with his war-paint on, they could scarcely have done greater justice to their education.
The Three Cripples, or rather the Cripples; which was the sign by which the establishment was familiarly known to its patrons: was the public-house in which Mr.
The black-faced cripple was glaring at me as fixedly in the bows near the puma.
Poyser, not sufficiently on her guard against a possible surprise, "she'll never marry anybody, if he isn't a Methodist and a cripple.
I was almost a cripple, and the pain I endured at intervals was agonizing.
His value was trebled in the eyes of the king, by the fact of his being also a dwarf and a cripple.
This discovery, and the evident confusion which the cripple showed, made the inspector realise that the matter was serious.
But you may congratulate me now; for I find it very agreeable to HAVE a parish all to myself, with nobody to interfere with me--to thwart my plans or cripple my exertions: and besides, I have a respectable house in a rather pleasant neighbourhood, and three hundred pounds a year; and, in fact, I have nothing but solitude to complain of, and nothing but a companion to wish for.
Like a cripple become deaf, and blind, and dumb--thus have I lived long; that I might not live with the power-rabble, the scribe-rabble, and the pleasure-rabble.
He'll need somebody--a hopeless cripple, and stone deaf with that.