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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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We have only the written words of those who have gone before, to show us the cities and the empires that have been, to teach us the reasons why they decayed and crumbled away.
The Wall Street* group turned the stock market into a maelstrom where the values of all the land crumbled away almost to nothingness.
As we approached the Shimerdas' dwelling, I could still see nothing but rough red hillocks, and draws with shelving banks and long roots hanging out where the earth had crumbled away.
The wall crumbled away beneath his hand, the roof fell in, and three men and an old woman were stifled.
It was a very aged, ghostly place; the church had been built many hundreds of years ago, and had once had a convent or monastery attached; for arches in ruins, remains of oriel windows, and fragments of blackened walls, were yet standing-, while other portions of the old building, which had crumbled away and fallen down, were mingled with the churchyard earth and overgrown with grass, as if they too claimed a burying-place and sought to mix their ashes with the dust of men.
By dint of hard scrambling he finally straddled the top, but some loose stones crumbled away and fell with a crash into the court within.
So the honest, brown cookies crumbled away in obscurity, while Polly tried to satisfy her hearty appetite on one ice and three macaroons.
He essayed a step from the pit's edge, and as he threw the weight of his body upon his left foot, the earth crumbled away.
In the morning he stole a march on the sun, for he had finished breakfast when its first rays caught him, and he was climbing the wall of the canyon where it crumbled away and gave footing.
Our key industries of coal, steel and shipbuilding crumbled away almost to nothing.
So any pigments in dino eggs might not have crumbled away completely over time, Wiemann says.
While some graves only require minor work, others have fallen into disrepair - headstones have become illegible; stones have crumbled away leaving them unstable; and some are in danger of collapse.
Meanwhile an embankment bordering farmer David Williams' farm at Mostyn Road, Greenfield crumbled away.
I felt OK in pre-season but my knee just crumbled away.
More than a dozen residents in Sandplace Road were evacuated after most of the building's front-facing wall crumbled away, with debris and mud crashing on to the back of the property from the road behind it.