crippling crippling  /ˈkrɪ pə lɪŋ/


  • (adj) that cripples or disables or incapacitates



  1. The 17th in a family of 19 children, Wilma had a series of crippling childhood diseases, did not walk until she was eight, and then had to wear a hightop, corrective shoe.
  2. The recession has gone on so long and has been so crippling that the eyes of the wishful begin to play tricks.


  1. Local Rotary Clubs and Doc Burnstein’s Partner to Fight Polio

    On June 20, 2013, in order to raise awareness and critically-needed funds to fight the crippling disease of polio, the Rotary Clubs in San Luis Obispo, Pismo/Five Cities, Arroyo Grande, and Grover Beach, as well as the Rotary Club of San Luis Obispo, will be holding a fundraising night at Doc Burnstein’s Ice Cream Lab in Arroyo Grande, CA.
    on June 16, 2013     Source: Santa Barbara Independent

  2. A New Step In Solving The Mystery Of Gulf War Illness

    One of the greatest tolls on a veteran with Gulf War Illness is the crippling but mysterious fatigue that can strike unpredictably and is exacerbated after physical exercise.
    on June 15, 2013     Source: Forbes

  3. Report says Lack of Finance is Crippling UK Innovation 91% of UK SMEs Failing to Undertake any new Product Development

    MELTON MOWBRAY, England, June 13, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Financial constraints are crippling new product development amongst the UK's SME base with engineering and technology companies particularly badly ...
    on June 13, 2013     Source: PR Newswire via Yahoo! Finance


  1. "We also have made it clear that we will take action as I've said time and time again, crippling action," Clinton said during the forum in Bangkok.
    on Jul 22, 2009 By: Hillary Rodham Clinton Source: Bloomberg

  2. "Spending billions of additional federal tax dollars with no promises to reform the root causes crippling automakers' competitiveness around the world is neither fair to taxpayers nor sound fiscal policy," Boehner said.
    on Nov 13, 2008 By: John Boehner Source: International Herald Tribune

  3. "Last week's events caused a major disruption in the greater Boston area on many levels," Coakley said, "crippling public transportation, causing serious traffic problems, negatively affecting local businesses and perhaps most significantly,...
    on Feb 5, 2007 By: Martha Coakley Source: International Herald Tribune

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