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A crutch is a figure of speech that describes something that is used as a surrogate or substitute for a more ideal solution or approach, as in the use of medical crutches as an assistance device for walking. The term also implies a degree of habitual laziness.
"A debugger is a crutch for programmers too lazy to add proper logging to their applications."

"Using pre-made pancake mix instead of making it from scratch is a crutch."
by glycoslave April 15, 2010
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Intelligence agency term for "psychological operation". A government or corporate-sponsored operation, usually taking the form of a "terrorist attack" or "crazed gunman on a spree", with the intent of panicking the public into demanding more police and laws inhibiting freedom. Psyops are usually carried out by drugging a civilian or group of civilians with aggression-promoting drugs, psyching them up, arming them, and sending them out to commit mayhem. Government-sponsored terrorism. See also blackshirts, conspiracy
Person A: Man, that nutcase Martin Bryant guy shot 35 people in Tasmania!

Person B: No, he wasn't a nutcase, that was just a psyop so the government could have an excuse to ban guns.
by Mystikan April 11, 2006
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From a gaming perspective, a crutch is the use of an item or technique that is considered easier or generally way better than most options available. As if using a "three-wheeled bike" compared to a "two-wheeled bike"
"That weapon is considered a crutch because it's so easy to use and it kills people fast"
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Deathly pre-evolved devices with the purpose of aiding one with an injured leg, knee, ankle, etc.

May cause drowsiness, sweating, and result in massive upper-body strength.
ultimately, makes one look like a badass god/goddess capable of surviving any difficult circumstance.
'that guy's on crutches? he must be a menacing thug!'

'i get the best crack from people on crutches.'

'that girl gave the greatest head i've ever had. i was blindfolded, but she was obviously on crutches.'
by anirtak930 October 09, 2008
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Something that is necessary but impedes one from doing better.
Oxygen is a crutch for swimmers.
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A girl or boy who uses a friend of the opposite sex for comfort when there boyfriend/girlfriend are fighting with them. Then once everything is over, they become non-existant again
"Tyler is my crutch, he's always there when I need him, but I'd never date him!"
by pylon567 December 28, 2009
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