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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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When I hunt with a group, I always tell them ahead of time that I'm either the cripple shooter, or I'm the one who calls the shots.
In my Pantheon of cripples, Superman assumes defiance for everyone forced to live with a broken body.
In wall plans that have openings with cripples above the header, cut and nail together the king studs and trimmers first.
A business owner has appealed for witnesses to a theft which she says could cripple the family firm.
He wants her to witness to his everlasting presence among the cripples and the lepers and the women and the poor.
The demand for the rights of cripples was already under way as I was writing "Uncle Tom and Tiny Tim." And while I would be happier without much of the rhetoric of the Disability Rights Movement, to its credit, it has helped change the consciousness of those who must confront the world with physical disabilities.
Cripples A were given a run for their money by Wheatsheaf.
Patron saint of cripples. 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.
When hunters miss cripples, it's usually because they shoot too low and from too far.
Recent films and TV shows portraying geniuses as emotional cripples should not discourage us from encouraging genius or intellectual development in our children.
Steele, now a relief publican, says: "When we all got together it was like watching walking cripples. Horses got better treatment."