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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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A MAN crumpled up an "unlucky" EuroMillions ticket - but when his wife told him to re-check, he found they'd won [euro]500,000.
If you crumpled up normal paper, you can pretty easily flatten it out.
Several carriages of the freight train, which was part of a convoy carrying merchandise, were either crumpled up, bent skyward or tipped over on their sides.
It's made of about five hundred feet of theater gels in eleven different colors, all crumpled up and held together by superstrength clothespins of my own design.
But that the image was then crumpled up and thrown away was intolerable.
The remaining six dimensions are somehow crumpled up into tiny, compact balls, which correspond in physical terms to minuscule spaces only 10-ss centimeter wide -- far smaller than a proton.