broken-backed


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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
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References in classic literature ?
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.
I was always sensitive to the maltreatment of books; I could not bear to see a book faced down or dogs-eared or broken-backed. It was like a hurt or an insult to a thing that could feel.
In this case, looking at the bold, strong hand of the one, and the rather broken-backed appearance of the other, which still retains its legibility although the t's have begun to lose their crossing, we can say that the one was a young man and the other was advanced in years without being positively decrepit."