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cripple

US dialect a dense thicket, usually in marshy land
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Cripple

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

[′krip·əl]
(building construction)
A structural member, such as a stud above a window, that is cut less than full length.
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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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Muscle-bound Benoit, a former heavyweight champ, was known as The Canadian Crippler.
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But cruelly, in the hot summer of 1947, polio emerged and was appropriately labelled The Crippler.
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