A device to assist in motion as a cane, especially one that provides support under the arm to reduce weight on a leg. (noun)
Something that supports, often used negatively to indicate that it is not needed and causes an unhealthful dependency; a prop (noun)
A crotch; the area of body where the legs fork from the trunk. (noun)
To support on crutches; to prop up. (verb)
To shear the hindquarters of a sheep; to dag. (verb)
Examples of word crutch
Gutter crutch (Â‘arthritis crutchÂ’) For children who, due to elbow pain or stiffness, cannot use straight-arm crutches.
The roughly $4.6 billion, three-year tax hike was then billed as a necessary but short-term crutch as the state hobbled through a recession.
The answer is not sleep medication, or psychotropic medication, as the medications themselves are toxic to the organs, have side-effects, are often addictive and may be a short-term crutch that masks or worsens a long-term health problem.
Writing that suggests that the Bush crutch is about to dissolve?
Such orders harm the morale of our fighting men and women and are nothing more than a short-term crutch for maintaining force levels.