crum|ple [ˈkrʌmpəl] v
[Date: 1300-1400; Origin: crump 'to curl up' (14-19 centuries), from crump, crumb 'bent' (11-18 centuries), from Old English]
1.) [I and T] also crumple up
to crush something so that it becomes smaller and bent, or to be crushed in this way
Dan tore the page out, crumpled it, and threw it in the wastepaper basket.
2.) [I]
if your face crumples, you suddenly look sad or disappointed, as if you might cry
3.) [I]
if your body crumples, you fall down in an uncontrolled way
crumple to
The blow hit him in the head and he crumpled to the ground.

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