Expressions used in Everyday Spoken English in Social and Professional contexts
1) damage or negatively affect something
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crippling cost/effect, crippled the economy
As a verb, 'to cripple' means to deprive of the ability to function normally; and as a noun, 'a cripple' is an outdated and offensive term used to describe someone who is unable to walk normally due to a disability. As a verb, it is used in many professional contexts to describe severe effects: "The rise in inflation crippled the economy." "The damage to the machine had a crippling effect on our production." You could also be 'crippled' emotionally: "She was visibly crippled by the bad news."
Social Examples (Basic)
The boy was crippled from the accident, and had been in a wheelchair ever since.
Heavy flooding crippled the electricity supply to the region, and people were left without power for weeks.
Professional Examples (Basic)
The crippling cost of rent in major cities is driving the population into the suburbs.
Thefinancial crisis had a crippling effect onhousing markets around the world.
The collapse of Lehman Brothers was the beginning ofa process that crippled the world economy.
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