crutch crutch  /ˈkrətʃ/


  1. (n) a wooden or metal staff that fits under the armpit and reaches to the ground; used by disabled person while walking
  2. (n) anything that serves as an expedient


  1. Some life-hacking fans get so wrapped up in reading about efficiency that the sites become, ironically, another procrastination crutch.
  2. The group got a lot of international attention when a drunken neighbor dressed as Darth Vader attacked several Jedi members with a crutch.
  3. The assistant-to recommends itself to the weak or lazy manager as a crutch.


  1. Sibling fight ends in arrest, then mom assaults Lincoln County deputy, police say

    Sister allegedly used gardening shears and crutch in the assault
    on June 13, 2013     Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch

  2. Blotter: Careful, he's had Six Lokos

    After setting two fires at his campsite near Morrison Drive, a man wearing camo pants and combat boots stood by the road and threw a crutch, a fire extinguisher, a folding chair, an American flag, and a sleeping bag into the roadway.
    on June 12, 2013     Source: Charleston City Paper

  3. There's At Least One Thing You Can't Say About This Morning's Bond Routing

    Decoupling might be my least favorite word to describe financial markets. Almost every time I’ve ever heard any thesis about decoupling, it has turned out to be a sham in retrospect. Decoupling is a comfortable intellectual crutch, but rarely an apt description of today’s financial world.
    on June 11, 2013     Source: Business Insider

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  1. "The danger is, the team you're playing on the road right now, they're really good," said Rivers. "Eventually you've got to feel you're going to break through, but you do have home-crutch, uh, homecourt. I don't think we use it as a crutch. I...
    on May 13, 2008 By: Doc Rivers Source: Boston Herald

  2. Vilsack called the presence of American troops in Iraq "both a crutch and an excuse," delaying the Iraqi government from seizing control of the country and tamping down the sectarian violence.
    on Dec 5, 2006 By: Tom Vilsack Source: Washington Post

  3. "By the time the Yankees team got back from the trip they were all using it as a crutch," Boston general manager Theo Epstein said this spring training.
    on Mar 15, 2008 By: Theo Epstein Source: San Francisco Chronicle

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