broken-backed


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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.broken-backed - having the spine damaged; "a broken-backed book"; "a broken-backed old horse"
damaged - harmed or injured or spoiled; "I won't buy damaged goods"; "the storm left a wake of badly damaged buildings"
2.broken-backed - (of a horse) having bones of the back united by a bony growth
unfit - not in good physical or mental condition; out of condition; "fat and very unfit"; "certified as unfit for army service"; "drunk and unfit for service"
3.broken-backed - (of a ship) so weakened as to sag at each end
ship - a vessel that carries passengers or freight
bulging, convex - curving or bulging outward
References in classic literature ?
What is the archbishop of Savesoul's income of 100,000 pounds seized from the scant bread and cheese of hundreds of thousands of broken-backed laborers (all sure of heaven without any of Savesoul's help) what is that globular 100,000 but a Fast-Fish?
She sat down upon a broken-backed chair--the only one the room contained--and holding Toto in her arms waited patiently until the clock struck four.
His stock consisted of a wooden stool, made out of a broken-backed chair cut down, which stool, young Jerry, walking at his father's side, carried every morning to beneath the banking-house window that was nearest Temple Bar: where, with the addition of the first handful of straw that could be gleaned from any passing vehicle to keep the cold and wet from the odd-job-man's feet, it formed the encampment for the day.