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Synonyms for broken-backed

having the spine damaged

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(of a horse) having bones of the back united by a bony growth

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(of a ship) so weakened as to sag at each end


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What is the archbishop of Savesoul's income of 100,000 pounds seized from the scant bread and cheese of hundreds of thousands of broken-backed laborers (all sure of heaven without any of Savesoul's help) what is that globular 100,000 but a Fast-Fish?
It could scarcely be called a trade, in spite of his favourite description of himself as "a honest tradesman." His stock consisted of a wooden stool, made out of a broken-backed chair cut down, which stool, young Jerry, walking at his father's side, carried every morning to beneath the banking-house window that was nearest Temple Bar: where, with the addition of the first handful of straw that could be gleaned from any passing vehicle to keep the cold and wet from the odd-job-man's feet, it formed the encampment for the day.
The "broken-backed" Child Support Agency appears to be in meltdown, ex-Welfare Minister Frank Field said.
This showed, he said, how broken-backed the CSA was
Modern Art Oxford's high-ceilinged main gallery was startlingly transformed into a huge three-dimensional tableau mimicking the classic 1978 Arts Magazine cover photo of the broken-backed shed, while in an adjoining gallery Nelson had carpentered an entirely imaginary back entrance to the shed: A wooden tunnel led into a simulation of its interior.