Use the word "crumble" when something is in bad condition, when it falls apart, or when something is about to fall down.
- That building is crumbling. It needs a lot of repairs.
- It's an old, crumbling building.
The first sentence uses "crumble" as a verb. The second sentence uses "crumble" as an adjective. Here are some more examples:
- Roads and bridges all over the United States are crumbling and need to be replaced.
- That old house is beginning to crumble.
- These cookies crumble very easily.
You can also use "crumble" when describing relationships:
- Their relationship is beginning to crumble. I think they're going to break up.
- Bill and Sarah's marriage is crumbling. They barely talk to each other.
This old building is crumbling.
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(This page was originally published on November 8. 2011.)