American English

Definition of crutch noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1 one of two long sticks that you put under your arms to help you walk after you have injured your leg or foot After the accident I spent six months on crutches.
  2. 2 (usually disapproving) a person or thing that gives you help or support but often makes you depend on it too much High interest rates are merely a crutch for the country's ailing economy. He sees religion as an emotional crutch.
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: crutch