to break into small fragments or crumbs.
to fall into small pieces; break or part into small fragments.
to decay or disintegrate gradually: The ancient walls had crumbled.
a crumbly or crumbled substance.
crumbles, bits of crisp bacon, bread, etc., added to other foods, especially as a topping.
British Dialect. crumb; particle; fragment.
- crum·bling·ness, noun
- half-crumbled, adjective
- un·crum·bled, adjective
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How to use crumble in a sentence
You could turn the cherries into a crisp or crumble, but for Beranbaum, a crunchy brown sugary topping isn’t nearly as good as a tender pie crust.
Their skillets are perfect for any number of kitchen tasks whether you’re frying chicken, searing a steak or making a crumble.37 Gifts to Buy This Mother's Day for Every Type of Mom in Your Life | Melissa Locker | May 3, 2021 | Time
Bake oats into muffins and bread, or incorporate them into a crisp or crumble topping.Get to know your oats, and all the types and ways to eat them | Becky Krystal | April 12, 2021 | Washington Post
Rather than the traditional whole walnut to decorate the center of the cookie, I’ve gone with a crave-worthy crumble of walnuts, coconut and brown sugar, laced with five-spice powder.These Chinese walnut cookies are buttery and crumbly, with a five-spice streusel filling | Hetty McKinnon | December 2, 2020 | Washington Post
If you want to simplify this recipe, you can simply add a whole walnut to the center, in place of the crumble.These Chinese walnut cookies are buttery and crumbly, with a five-spice streusel filling | Hetty McKinnon | December 2, 2020 | Washington Post
It's about the delicate fabric of the universe and how our fragile insides crumble when that fabric is torn.Alfred Hitchcock’s Fade to Black: The Great Director’s Final Days | David Freeman | December 13, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
There is no better thing on a Sunday afternoon than a fruity, molten, crunchy crumble.The Barefoot Contessa Knows How To Make Us Crumble | Ina Garten | November 30, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
But the illusions of peace and tranquility soon crumble around them like a patch of freshly laid snow.‘Force Majeure’ and the Swedish Family Vacation From Hell | Alex Suskind | October 27, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
But, Ali warns all that can change quickly if Anbar continues to crumble, “right now, we are looking into the Abyss.”
For such a source of outward joy to crumble so violently, what the hell happened?
The self-centred, confident man in him that deemed itself indispensable must crumble.The Wave | Algernon Blackwood
Perhaps he was rather doing one of those useless and splendid things that alone among man's contrivances do not crumble and fall.Mushroom Town | Oliver Onions
Remember that it is uncertain as to size and that the walls are liable to crumble.The Call of the Beaver Patrol | V. T. Sherman
The luxury of Broadwood would have to crumble: his mind was very clear about that.The Tragic Muse | Henry James
Only when the radiance became dim did the mass grow cold and crumble in pieces which retained but the semblance of a spark.Vie de Bohme | Orlo Williams
British Dictionary definitions for crumble
to break or be broken into crumbs or fragments
(intr) to fall apart or away: his resolution crumbled
British a baked pudding consisting of a crumbly mixture of flour, fat, and sugar over stewed fruit: apple crumble
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Other Idioms and Phrases with crumble
see that's how the ball bounces (cookie crumbles).
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