In some cases, the aftermath of disasters can cripple the very infrastructure that would enable recovery.
Bring down the Assads, and you cripple the mullahs in both Iran and Lebanon.
This “double whammy” of predation and competition enables jellyfish to cripple a food chain by essentially nibbling at its ankles.
Sectoral sanctions that could cripple the Russian economy are also long overdue.
I once went so far as to cripple the target with a blow to the head, but left him conscious enough to hear my words.
To cripple, to kill, to destroy with one terrible strokethat was his single passion.
I would make every living thing a cripple, if I could, and I'd begin on you, you!
With the body of a cripple he had the heart of a lion, and difficulties only made it more dauntless.
He's too good a friend of mine to call me "Lefty" and remind me that I'm a cripple.
A Spartan couple of great wealth and influence, had a daughter born to them who was a cripple from birth.
Old English crypel, related to cryppan "to crook, bend," from Proto-Germanic *krupilaz (cf. Old Frisian kreppel, Middle Dutch cropel, German krüppel, Old Norse kryppill). Possibly also related to Old English creopan "to creep" (creopere, literally "creeper," was another Old English word for "crippled person").
mid-13c., "to move slowly," from cripple (n.). Meaning "make a cripple of, lame" is from early 14c. Related: Crippled; crippling.
cripple crip·ple (krĭp'əl)
One that is partially disabled or unable to use a limb or limbs. v. crip·pled, crip·pling, crip·ples
To cause to lose the use of a limb or limbs.