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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.
See also: up

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.
A field of triangles crumples and twists into a wavy crystalline sea.
In an automobile the crumple zone is the area that is designed to collapse in order to absorb the energy from a collision, thus saving the passengers' lives.
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.
Critique: A riveting and inspiring read from beginning to end, "Tea & Crumples" by the exceptionally talented author Summer Kinard is one of those all-too-rare novels that linger in the mind and memory long after the book itself has been finished and set back upon the shelf.
The same physical rules that dictate how a paper ball crumples also describe how brains get their wrinkles, scientists suggest in the July 3 Science.
In the battle for consumer or business-to-business attention, advertising and marketing executives have a new ally in positioning their oversized mailings to be noticed, opened, and acted on: the "postal billboard." 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. Calumet's investment in modern CAD equipment and specially engineered glue and folding process enables the creation of gussets that expand to match the depth of package contents.
To ensure that the printings on Lotto tickets cannot be erased or obscured by simple scratches and crumples, and can withstand reasonable heat, a lawmaker has proposed to print the lotto tickets on a non-thermal paper or any kind of recyclable paper.
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.
Tare wears a mask and crumples paper into a microphone, chanting and making sounds that leave one stranded in a muggy forest staring at the stars.
If so, the rear end of the bonnet is raised by 10cm, increasing the space between bonnet, which crumples, and the engine, which doesn't.
At the end of the ballet, the force field of Whelan's arabesque promenade crumples Evans to the floor at her feet.