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Related to crippling: crippling load
a. Often Offensive A person who is partially disabled or unable to use one or more limbs:
b. An animal that is partially disabled or unable to use one or more limbs: cannot race a horse that is a cripple.
2. A damaged or defective object or device: "He ... would let that cripple of a steamboat get the upper hand of him in a minute" (Joseph Conrad).
tr.v. crip·pled, crip·pling, crip·ples
1. To cause to lose the use of a limb or limbs.
2. To disable, damage, or impair the functioning of: a strike that crippled the factory.
[Middle English crepel, from Old English crypel.]
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damaging or injurious
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|Adj.||1.||crippling - that cripples or disables or incapacitates; "a crippling injury"|
unhealthful - detrimental to good health; "unhealthful air pollution"; "unhealthful conditions in old apartments with peeling lead-based paint"
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crippling[ˈkrɪplɪŋ] ADJ [disease] → que conduce a la parálisis; [blow, defect] → muy grave, muy severo; [taxes, debts] → abrumador, agobiante
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(physically) [disease, injury] → handicapant(e)
(emotionally) [shyness, fear] → maladif/ive
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