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||a device used to help disabled people walk, usu. one of two supports that are held by the hands and that rest in the armpits.
He's had to walk with crutches since his surgery.
||any of numerous devices similar in appearance or function to a crutch.
||anything that provides support, esp. if dependence on it is undesirable.
He uses alcohol as a crutch to boost his confidence.