Plural form of cripple.
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Whatever we think of the dear departed, surely we can all admit that fighter jets versus cripples is pretty damned cold blooded.
We may let in cripples, say a man who has lost an arm, on condition that he give satisfactory evidence that he has an occupation or an art, and is not likely to become a public charge.
And this play-calling cripples fantasy football managers.
The girl who grew up around British Naval bases, who once dated a Spitfire pilot and somehow held him enthralled despite being wheelchair bound in a time that was unforgiving to "cripples" (how we wince at the term now), grew up into a writer who understood soldiers and soldiering, empires and subject peoples.
Her themes resonated with the audience, especially when she spoke of the common experience of the "imposter syndrome" - which "cripples" people's dreams, as they fear being exposed as less than how they are presenting themselves.