crumble away

crumble away

To come apart in pieces. We need to get this wall repaired—the drywall is just crumbling away.
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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.
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References in classic literature ?
We wonder, and as we wonder they shall crumble away. The sun rises in the East."
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 have never seen body and spirit in such perfect accord.
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.
"It was starting to crumble away and besides looking unsightly, I thought it might represent a safety hazard," she says.
A MANHOLE cover which is starting to crumble away is causing a bit of a stink for families in Toll Bar End, Coventry.
Professional Footballers' Association chief Gordon Taylor insists the current trend of loading the vast majority of broadcasting revenue into the carts of the bigger clubs has got to stop - or the base of the game will "crumble away".
But Princess Diana died, the artist was taken ill...and the work of art began to crumble away before it had even been finished.
When your pointing has started to crumble away you are left with gaps between the perpendiculars of the bricks.
AKEEN photographer is on a one-man crusade to save part of our heritage that may soon crumble away - or get painted over.
We cannot let them simply crumble away. The answer might be another manifestation of the Help4Heroes approach - possibly 'Homage2Heroes' - to raise the thousands needed nationally for specialist stonework restoration, proper cleaning and professional re-engraving alongside cosmetic improvements such as quality lighting, fencing and landscaping.