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crumbleverb

uk   us   /ˈkrʌm.bl̩/
C2 [I or T] to ​break, or ​cause something to ​break, into ​smallpieces: She ​nervously crumbled the ​bread between her ​fingers. The ​cliffs on which the ​houses are ​built are ​starting to crumble. [I] to ​becomeweaker in ​strength or ​influence: Support for the ​government is crumbling.

crumblenoun [C or U]

uk   us   /ˈkrʌm.bl̩/ UK (US crisp)
a ​sweetdish made from ​fruitcovered in a ​mixture of ​flour, ​butter, and ​sugarrubbed together into ​smallpieces, ​baked, and ​eatenhot: apple crumble
(Definition of crumble from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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crumbleverb [I/T]

 us   /ˈkrʌm·bəl/
to ​break into ​smallpieces: [I] That ​oldwall is ​starting to crumble.
(Definition of crumble from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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