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From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishcripplingcrip·pling /ˈkrɪplɪŋ/ adjective  1 causing so much damage or harm that something no longer works or is no longer effective the crippling effects of war on the economy2 a crippling disease or condition causes severe pain and makes it difficult or impossible for someone to walkdisabling
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cripplingIn one year under Labour, borrowing reached a crippling 9 percent. - the equivalent of £55 billion today.Alzheimer's disease is one of the most crippling and distressing diseases of the elderly.This had a crippling effect on the worse off at a crucial stage of recovery from the Famine.Fines were also imposed and crippling fines were threatened.Most of the surrounding marshland had fallen to the crippling infection.A leadership style that has made her a remarkably effective prime minister would be a crippling liability in the White House.These protests were added to a series of crippling miners' strikes which had begun in early March.Within large-scale industry, the crippling specialisation of the individual machine-minders is one aspect of the division of labour.
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