1. a tool, generally comprised of wood or metal, modeled to assist individuals with handicaps or other ailments impacting the lower appendages by supplying reinforcement in walking. 2. with regard to modern language, an uncertain way to deal with something or a reinforcement mechanism, that might be of a medicinal, psychological, or other nature. 3. a tool or process which aids someone in acquiring knowledge.

CRUTCH: “Brandon decided to end his lifelong friendship with Michael, feeling as though his friend had become used to using him as a crutch in life.”
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