One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘she crumpled the note in her fist’
crush, scrunch up, screw up, squash, squeeze
2‘his trousers were dirty and crumpled’
crease, wrinkle, crinkle, rumple, ruck up, tumble
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3‘her lower lip quivered and her face began to crumple’
pucker, screw up
fall, sag, look sad, look miserable
4‘her resistance crumpled’
collapse, give way, cave in, go to pieces, break down, crumble, be overcome
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