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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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If for some reason you feel you can't safely shoot a cripple, you need to make that call and stand by it.
Yet what other than a freak accident could turn all-powerful Superman into a helpless cripple or make the death of a Hollywood actor synonymous with the death of America's superhero?
Yet even such infantilization can seem liberating if the cripple realizes that the problem it bespeaks is political rather than psychological: One infantilizes the other by assuming attitudes held by society at large.
The potential upside to this strategy," said the mayor's report, "is that it could cripple the school district's ability to function and accelerate Edison's [one of the private outside managers] anticipated failure.
This time, Phillis, her co-worker, and the effeminized Cripple are saved by a young gentleman, Frank Golding.
Pirates will however find the industry only more tempting the more sophisticated it becomes and piracy could cripple it, Brass said.
I continued to fish the cripple through the summer with excellent results.
Dale Weaver conceded that nine years of casino gambling have kept historic Cripple Creek from becoming just another Colorado ghost town
Every June, donkey lovers head for Cripple Creek to kick up their heels during Donkey Days.
As owner of the Independence and Little Portland mines, he controlled the greatest gold producers in the history of Cripple Creek.
Much of our loop follows old stage and train routes built in the mid- to late 1800s as links between Colorado Springs and the gold mining town of Cripple Creek (named after a cow that tried unsuccessfully - to jump across the stream).
The tradition is that Childeric, king of France, accidentally wounded a hermit in the knee when hunting; and the hermit, that he might better mortify the flesh, refused to be cured, remaining a cripple for life.