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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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"A couple years after the ban, we're back to the 18, 19 percent crippling rates."
DEUTERONOMY IS FILLED WITH RULES PROTECTING those trapped in debt, because the biblical authors understood that real liberation from slavery demanded the prevention of a crippling and enslaving debt.
Their goal: to treat spina bifida, a crippling spinal defect, by stitching muscle and skin over the unprotected section of the fetus's spinal cord.
Piper would help to ease City's crippling financial position if he agrees a move to the Stadium of Light.
The pain later intensified, crippling his right leg and leaving him unable to have sex.
HALF-a-million pounds may seem a huge sum, even for compensation for a crippling injury.
On March 8, activists piled artificial limbs and shoes to demonstrate the crippling effects land mines have on civilians.
Desperately poor, they toil long hours each day, performing crippling labor.
Could Africa see the end of polio - a crippling disease which creates so much suffering and has such a negative economic impact, half a century after vaccine development?
7 Kyodo Singapore police said Wednesday they have made the largest seizure of pirated goods under the country's Copyright Act, crippling the activities of a major syndicate during a raid Tuesday.
Hone and his colleagues have pursued a different crippling strategy for the bacterium, however.