crumble away

crumble away

to break away in little pieces. The marble pillar was crumbling away because of the acidic rain. One of my teeth is just crumbling away.
See also: away, crumble
References in classic literature ?
We wonder, and as we wonder they shall crumble away.
As at the time I caught her arm when helping her below, so at any time I was quite prepared, should stress or rough handling befall her, to see her crumble away.
I should not wonder if he were to crumble away, some morning, after you are gone, and nothing be seen of him more, except a heap of dust.
With what bitterness did he behold his whole erection of glory and of poetry crumble away bit by bit
I stand each year upon six hundred pounds, and Helen upon the same, and Tibby will stand upon eight, and as fast as our pounds crumble away into the sea they are renewed--from the sea, yes, from the sea.
Slowly the air grew dark, and we felt as if the earth was about to crumble away, and our fright was by no means diminished at seeing the genius, son of the daughter of Eblis, suddenly appear under the form of a colossal lion.
I tell thee seriously that I felt my heart crumble away from me when I saw my shaft so miss its aim, and those great beasts of thine coming straight at me.
Their souls passed beneath the earth and went down into the house of Hades; but their bones, when the skin is rotted about them, crumble away on the dark earth under parching Sirius.
Still, when the day is gloomy, do they fall like snow, or seem to crumble away like the front of a great chalk cliff, or roll down the rock like dense white smoke.
The teenagers sat relaxing on the chalk ledge apparently unaware it could crumble away at any time.
are in such a fragile condition that as soon as they are exposed to the air, they crumble away in your hand.
As the rain drizzled over White Hart Lane, the sandbags that were keeping the surge of relegation at bay were beginning to crumble away.
HEART-WARMING belongings lie abandoned in this eerie former dairy farm which has been left to crumble away for decades.
But away from the tourist trail, some parts of the wall are being allowed to crumble away.
But it does serve as a reminder that if people are walking along the cliff-top, or underneath, it can crumble away.