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Language: Old English
Origin: gecrymian, from cruma; CRUMB

crumble

1 verb
     
crum‧ble1
1TB [intransitive] also crumble away if something, especially something made of stone or rock, is crumbling, small pieces are breaking off it:
The old stonework was crumbling away.
crumbling colonial buildings
2 [intransitive and transitive] to break apart into lots of little pieces, or make something do this:
The fall leaves crumbled in my fingers.
¼ cup crumbled goat's cheese
3 [intransitive] also crumble awayP to lose power, become weak, or fail:
The Empire began to crumble during the 13th century.
our crumbling economy

➔ that's the way the cookie crumbles

at cookie (3)
WORD FOCUS: break WORD FOCUS: break
smash with a lot of force
shatter
into many pieces
split
into two pieces
snap
into two pieces, with a sudden loud noise
tear
paper/cloth
burst
pipe/tyre/balloon
crumble
break into a lot of small pieces
disintegrate
break into a lot of small pieces and be destroyed
fracture
if a bone fractures or you fracture it, it breaks slightly so that a small line appears on the surface


See also
break

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