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crum·ple / ˈkrəmpəl/ • v. [tr.] crush (something, typically paper or cloth) so that it becomes creased and wrinkled. ∎  [intr.] become bent, crooked, or creased: they heard the jetliner crumple moments before it crashed. ∎  [intr.] (of a person) suddenly flop down to the ground so that their body appears bent or broken. ∎  [intr.] (of a person's face) suddenly sag and show an expression of desolation. ∎  [intr.] suddenly lose force or effectiveness: her composure crumpled. • n. a crushed fold, crease, or wrinkle. DERIVATIVES: crum·ply / ˈkrəmp(ə)lē/ adj.

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crumple

crumple XVI. f. crump curve, curl up (XIV), rel. to CRAMP 1; see -LE 2.

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crumple

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