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  • n  a wooden or metal staff that fits under the armpit and reaches to the ground; used by disabled person while walking
  • n  anything that serves as an expedient
    he uses drugs as a psychological crutch

  • Some life-hacking fans get so wrapped up in reading about efficiency that the sites become, ironically, another procrastination crutch.
  • Proverbs as a literary fashion died out with the 17th Century, but still remain the spoon-fed wisdom of the unsophisticated, the crutch for halting orators, the handy rubber .
  • He exhibited a few physical and verbal tics that made him look his age, including a heavy reliance on his "my friends" crutch, and seemed nervously well aware of the high stakes.
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  • Doc Rivers in Boston Herald
    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...
  • Tom Vilsack in Washington Post
    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.
  • Theo Epstein in San Francisco Chronicle
    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.

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