views updated Jun 08 2018

crutch / krəch/ • n. 1. a long stick with a crosspiece at the top, used as a support under the armpit by a lame person. ∎  [in sing.] fig. a thing used for support or reassurance: they use the Internet as a crutch for their loneliness.2. archaic another term for crotch (of the body or a garment).• v. [intr.] move by means of or as if by means of crutches.


views updated May 14 2018

Crutch ★½ 2004 (R)

Sixteen-year-old David (Gordon) must deal with his alcoholic mom Katie (Walsh), who's forced into rehab after an accident. This leaves David vulnerable to the predatory desires of his 30-something drama teacher, Kenny (Moretti), who also introduces the impulsive, lonely teen to drugs. Unsettling story based on Moretti's own experiences. 88m/ C DVD . Rob Moretti, Eben Gordon, Juanita Walsh, James Earley; D: Rob Moretti; W: Rob Moretti, Paul Jacks; C: Brian Fass; M: Ben Goldberg.


views updated Jun 11 2018

crutch staff with crosspiece for an infirm person. OE. cryċ(ċ) = OS. krukka, OHG. krucka (G. krücke), ON. krykkja; cf. CROOK.


views updated May 23 2018

crutch a crutch is the emblem of St Giles, who was traditionally lame.