- 1Break or fall apart into small fragments, especially over a period of time as part of a process of deterioration: the plaster started to crumble (as adjective crumbling) their crumbling ancestral homeMore example sentences
- The residents say the condition of the barracks is deteriorating with the wall crumbling away and the railing falling down.
- Once state-of-the-art post-war buildings were crumbling away, with leaky roofs and rotting window frames.
- Before long the monument was lying fenced off and forgotten in overgrown woodland, slowly crumbling away.
- 1.1 [with object] Cause (something) to break apart into small fragments: the easiest way to crumble blue cheeseMore example sentences
- Or just crumble blue cheese, bacon or mushroom over the top.
- Using your fingers and thumbs, crumble the remaining mixture all over the top, covering as evenly as possible.
- Sprinkle the demerara sugar and rosemary over the top then crumble the remaining mixture over to more or less cover.
- 1.2(Of an organization, relationship, or structure) disintegrate gradually over a period of time: the party’s fragile unity began to crumbleMore example sentences
- The tourists are still coming in their droves, to gawk at the city's crumbling, period elegance.
- Yet it is widely known that much of the public-sector spending has resulted in substandard infrastructure that has crumbled within a short period of time.
- His cool character gradually starts to crumble, however, as his precious writing quills are taken away.
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- 1A mixture of flour and butter that is rubbed to the texture of breadcrumbs and cooked as a topping for fruit.More example sentences
- Sprinkle this crumble mixture over the fruit, patting down gently - don't pack it down too firmly.
- The ingredients of a modern crumble are flour, butter, and sugar; a little spice is sometimes added.
- Sprinkle with the crumble mixture, but do not press it down as this will take away the lightness of the dish.
- 1.1A dessert made with crumble and a particular fruit: rhubarb crumbleMore example sentences
- We couldn't resist the home-made bread and butter pudding and the rhubarb and ginger crumble.
late Middle English: probably from an Old English word related to crumb.