crutches


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crutches

Lateral arms carrying pads that are screwed down on the upper side of bombs or other stores to prevent movement relative to the rack or pylon. A bomb is said to be hard-crutched if it is screwed too hard and this results in a slight delay in releasing it after the trigger is pressed, thus resulting in an overshoot.
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cried the cripple, flinging away his crutches, and running after him with the best legs that ever traced a geometrical step upon the pavements of Paris.
for they can be frightfully sarcastic, but she felt sorry for those of them who had no crutches, and she said good-naturedly, "Before I go to the fairies' ball, I should like to take you for a walk one at a time; you can lean on me, you know.
The following Sunday, when the family was going to church, they asked her whether she would not go with them; but she glanced sorrowfully, with tears in her eyes, at her crutches.
You see I'd wanted a doll, and father had written them so; but when the barrel came the lady wrote that there hadn't any dolls come in, but the little crutches had.
I can't see anythin' ter be glad about--gettin' a pair of crutches when you wanted a doll
If playin' a silly-fool game--about bein' glad you've got crutches when you want dolls--is got ter be--my way--o' bein' that rock o' refuge--why, I'm a-goin' ter play it--I am, I am
Yes, Natalia Victorovna, he shall need somebody when they dismiss him, on crutches and stone deaf from the hospital.
Am I grey, or wrinkled, do I go on crutches, have I lost my teeth, that you adopt such a mode of address?
Veneering for ever' stuck upon it, as if it were a wall; and they gloriously proceed, amidst the grins of the populace, to a feeble little town hall on crutches, with some onions and bootlaces under it, which the legal gentleman says are a Market; and from the front window of that edifice Veneering speaks to the listening earth.
There is an immensity of promenading, on crutches and off, with sticks and without, and a great deal of conversation, and liveliness, and pleasantry.
Tom was thinking of himself walking about on crutches, like the wheelwright's son; and Maggie, who did not guess what was in his mind, sobbed for company.
There are an awful lot of crutches out there, perhaps in people's garages or sheds that we could re-use.