Expressions used in Everyday Spoken English in Social and Professional contexts
1) become weaker or break into small pieces
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crumble under pressure/the wall is starting to crumble
The verb to crumble means to break apart into small pieces. If something crumbles pieces or fragments of it break off you silly because it is old. If a system or a relationship crumbles it comes to a conclusion or an end. To crumble can also mean to give into something or to stop resisting. As a noun, a crumble is a dessert usually made with fruit, flour, butter and sugar.
Social Examples (Basic)
I need to fix the old stone wall around my house because it is starting to crumble away.
The government is increasing taxes to pay for the rebuilding of the country's crumbling infrastructure.
Professional Examples (Basic)
Our hopes for the business began to crumble when key investors withdrew their support.
Bob crumbled under the pressure of leading the project. I should have assigned someone more experienced to the role.
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