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crumple up

1. Of paper, fabric, or a similar material, to form into a ball. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "crumple" and "up." My first draft of the poem was so bad that I just crumpled it up and threw it in the trash can. You can't just keep crumpling up your shirts and throwing them back in the closet—use the hamper please!
2. To collapse. I hardly remember the end of the marathon because I crumpled up as soon as I crossed the finish line.
See also: up

crumple something up

to fold up or crush someone or something. Walter crumpled the paper up. He crumpled up the paper.
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crumple up

to fold up; to collapse. She was so frightened that she just crumpled up. Fran crumpled up in a dead faint.
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This simple process leads to a fascinating pattern of wrinkles and crumples that emerge spontaneously near the perimeter of each foil," Davidovitch points out.
The crumple test, used almost universally worldwide, is designed to simulate continued folding and crumpling of the note in use.
While sexual identity is a purposely flagrant facet of The Crumple Zone, Cantone's own is not as conspicuous in his career.
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The researchers also discovered that increasing a sheet's size has an unexpectedly small effect on the total amount of energy required to crumple it.
The Commons transport committee said while the new trains stand idle, commuters are still being crammed into 2,000 carriages dating back to the 1950s, which crumple in crashes.
The side-impact protection of the bus is located at a height such that the car impacts it at bumper height and the car's crumple zone is used to the full.
Heading past glamour's crumple zone, Teller takes us to the crash site of the body beautiful.
14, 1994--Through the years, Volvo has been building cars with safety in mind; from the one piece 3-point seat belt, to crumple zones, to a unique Side Impact Protection System.
Calumet Carton's new Expand-A-Mailer[TM] envelope for oversized items serves as the industry's first "postal billboard" to showcase key images, logos, or messages directly on the envelope, while expanding up to one-inch to protect the contents from image-detracting tears, wrinkles, and crumples.
In Hollywood, a punch to the groin is usually pretty humorous, an unintentional kick or elbow that crumples the unfortunate victim to the ground.
She and Deisenhofer argue that a statin molecule works because its arm sticks into the enzyme's pocket and then its wing crumples down into the cavity, blocking any other molecules from binding there.
Always one step ahead of the Nazis, Jacobowsky invokes his mother's practical philosophy, ``There are two possibilities in every situation,'' and Graae's face crumples as he searches for the more hopeful alternative.
A bare-breasted woman wearing a long, glowing orange skirt speaks of spiders, voices and women's eyes, furiously crumples cellophane in a cacophonous frenzy, and dramatically traces arcs in space with her upper body as she waltzes through webbed lighting that keeps dividing the stage into new lands.