crippling load

buckling load, Brit. crippling load

The axial load at which a perfectly straight column or structural member starts to bend.

crippling load

British term for buckling load.
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This has placed a crippling load on power grids, compelling utilities to turn to alternate solutions to prevent power outages.
When this writer lived in Argentina in the late '70s, that country had a semi-modern, unstable economy with a crippling load of international debt.
The diplomatic among us would say that Yorke looked like a player weighed down by the crippling load of anticipation and uncertainty that been loaded onto his slender shoulders in recent weeks.