crutch [krʌtʃ] n
[: Old English; Origin: crycc]
1.) [usually plural]
one of a pair of long sticks that you put under your arms to help you walk when you have hurt your leg
on crutches
(=use crutches)
I was on crutches for three months after the operation.
2.) something that gives someone support or help, especially something that is not really good for them
As things got worse at work, he began to use alcohol as a crutch.
3.) BrE the part of your body between the tops of your legs
= ↑crotch

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.

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  • crutch — O.E. crycce crutch, staff, from P.Gmc. *krukjo (Cf. O.S. krukka, M.Du. crucke, O.H.G. krucka, Ger. Kröcke crutch, related to O.N. krokr hook; see CROOK (Cf. crook)). Figurative sense is first recorded c.1600. As a verb, from 1640s. It. gruccia …   Etymology dictionary

  • Crutch — Crutch, v. t. To support on crutches; to prop up. [R.] [1913 Webster] Two fools that crutch their feeble sense on verse. Dryden. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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