crumple ( crumples 3rd person present) ( crumpling present participle) ( crumpled past tense & past participle )
1 verb If you crumple something such as paper or cloth, or if it crumples, it is squashed and becomes full of untidy creases and folds.
She crumpled the paper in her hand... V n
The front and rear of the car will crumple during a collision. V
Crumple up means the same as crumple., phrasal verb
She crumpled up her coffee cup... V P n (not pron)
Nancy looked at the note angrily, then crumpled it up and threw it in a nearby wastepaper basket. V n P
His uniform was crumpled, untidy, splashed with mud.
2 verb If someone crumples, they collapse, for example when they have received a shock.
WRITTEN His body crumpled... V
He immediately crumpled to the floor... V prep
Chance McAllister lay crumpled on the floor. V-ed crumple up
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