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cripple

2 verb
     
Related topics: Illness and Disability
cripple2 [transitive]
1MI old-fashioned to hurt someone badly so that they cannot walk properly [= disable]:
She was crippled in a car accident.
2 to damage something badly so that it no longer works or is no longer effective:
Industry is being crippled by high interest rates.
crippled adjective:
landing the crippled plane

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