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 for crutch
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Crutch \Crutch\, v. t.
     To support on crutches; to prop up. [R.]
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           Two fools that crutch their feeble sense on verse.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Crutch \Crutch\ (kr[u^]ch; 224), n.; pl. Crutches (-[e^]z).
     [OE. crucche, AS. crycc, cricc; akin to D. kruk, G.
     kr["u]cke, Dan. krykke, Sw. krycka, and to E. crook. See
     Crook, and cf. Cricket a low stool.]
     1. A staff with a crosspiece at the head, to be placed under
        the arm or shoulder, to support the lame or infirm in
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              I'll lean upon one crutch, and fight with the other.
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              Rhyme is a crutch that lifts the weak alone. --H.
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     2. A form of pommel for a woman's saddle, consisting of a
        forked rest to hold the leg of the rider.
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     3. (Naut.)
        (a) A knee, or piece of knee timber.
        (b) A forked stanchion or post; a crotch. See Crotch.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Crotch \Crotch\ (kr[o^]ch; 224), n.; pl. Crotches
     (kr[o^]ch"[e^]z). [Cf. Crotchet, Crutch.]
     1. The angle formed by the parting of two legs or branches; a
        fork; the point where a trunk divides; as, the crotch of a
        tree. more specifically, the space on the human torso
        between the two legs; also, the corresponding part between
        the legs of a pair of pants, which is in contact with the
        crotch of the wearer; as, pants with a tight crotch have
        become very popular.
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     2. (Naut.) A stanchion or post of wood or iron, with two arms
        for supporting a boom, spare yards, etc.; -- called also
        crane and crutch. --Totten.
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     3. (Billiards) In the three-ball carom game, a small space at
        each corner of the table. See Crotched, below.
        [Webster 1913 Suppl.]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 1: a wooden or metal staff that fits under the armpit and
           reaches to the ground; used by disabled person while
      2: anything that serves as an expedient; "he uses drugs as a
         psychological crutch"

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  84 Moby Thesaurus words for "crutch":
     Malacca cane, V, advocate, alpenstock, arm, athletic supporter,
     back, backbone, backing, bandeau, baton, bearer, bra, brace,
     bracer, bracket, branch, brassiere, buttress, cane, carrier,
     cervix, corset, crook, crosier, cross, cross-staff, crotch,
     crutch-stick, delta, fan, fork, foundation garment, fulcrum,
     furcula, furculum, girdle, groin, guy, guywire, handstaff, inguen,
     jock, jockstrap, lituus, mainstay, maintainer, mast, neck,
     offshoot, pastoral staff, paterissa, prong, prop, quarterstaff,
     ramification, reinforce, reinforcement, reinforcer, rest,
     resting place, rigging, shillelagh, shoulder, shroud, spine, sprit,
     staff, standing rigging, stave, stay, stem, stick, stiffener,
     strengthener, support, supporter, sustainer, swagger stick,
     swanking stick, trident, upholder, walking stick, wishbone

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