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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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I was always sensitive to the maltreatment of books; I could not bear to see a book faced down or dogs-eared or broken-backed.
She sat down upon a broken-backed chair--the only one the room contained--and holding Toto in her arms waited patiently until the clock struck four.
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.
This showed, he said, how broken-backed the CSA was