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cripple

From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
Related topics: Illness & disability
cripplecripple1 ●○○ verb [transitive] πŸ”Š πŸ”Š 1 MIINJURE old-fashioned to hurt someone badly so that they cannot walk properly syn disable πŸ”Š She was crippled in a car accident.2 DAMAGEto damage something badly so that it no longer works or is no longer effective πŸ”Š Industry is being crippled by high interest rates. β€”crippled adjective πŸ”Š landing the crippled plane
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crippleβ€’ There's only one way you can cripple a bad scientist, and that's to demonstrate how bad his science is.β€’ Thus, under its definitions, no one is crippled and no one is handicapped in this society.β€’ Asia's economy has been crippled by inflation.β€’ The accident crippled her for life.β€’ Richard was crippled in the bombing of 1984, and had been in a wheelchair ever since.β€’ Our tendency to reward failure has literally crippled our efforts to help the poor.β€’ The driver, who had been taking drugs, crippled the young woman for life.
Related topics: Illness & disability
cripplecrip‧ple2 /ˈkrΙͺpΙ™l/ noun [countable] πŸ”Š πŸ”Š 1 MIINJURE old-fashioned someone who is unable to walk properly because their legs are damaged or injured, now considered offensive β†’ disabled2 β†’ emotional cripple
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crippleβ€’ He says it's sad that the thieves are so cowardly that they can't face a cripple.β€’ He stood in the darkroom with another trainee, Dale Fitzke, a cripple.β€’ She was herself a cripple, constantly in need of the sort of attention her husband had regularly given her in the evenings.β€’ But no - for I am not a cripple, I have no debility, and something other than myself is doing this.β€’ Which of course reminds me of the blind man and cripple riding happily together across our green countryside on that rickety train.β€’ Billy went on weeping as he contemplated the cripples and their boss.β€’ But against that was the sudden action of the cripple at the bridge.β€’ The cripple choked and pushed the plate away.
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Verb table
cripple
Simple Form
Present
I, you, we, theycripple
he, she, itcripples
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Past
I, you, he, she, it, we, theycrippled
Present perfect
I, you, we, theyhave crippled
he, she, ithas crippled
Past perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theyhad crippled
Future
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill cripple
Future perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill have crippled
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Continuous Form
Present
Iam crippling
he, she, itis crippling
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you, we, theyare crippling
Past
I, he, she, itwas crippling
you, we, theywere crippling
Present perfect
I, you, we, theyhave been crippling
he, she, ithas been crippling
Past perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theyhad been crippling
Future
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill be crippling
Future perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill have been crippling
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