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verb crumple pronunciation in American English /ˈkrʌmp(ə)l/
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present tense
present participlecrumpling
past tensecrumpled
past participlecrumpled
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    crumple up

    [intransitive/transitive] to crush something such as paper or cloth so that it forms messy folds, or to be crushed in this way

    I quickly crumpled up the letter and shoved it in my pocket.

    The front section of the car had crumpled in the collision.

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    crumple up

    [intransitive] to fall to the ground suddenly, with your body, legs, and arms bent, because you are injured, sick, or upset

    He crumpled in a heap at our feet.


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