The grayness of the whole city—the houses, the back streets, the crumbling fences.
Emanuel faces a budget gap that could reach $1 billion, crumbling infrastructure, decaying schools and a host of other urban ills.
With so much else crumbling, the transponder lies at the heart of this great mystery.
late 15c., kremelen, from Old English *crymelan, presumed frequentative of gecrymman "to break into crumbs," from cruma (see crumb). The -b- is 16c., probably on analogy of French-derived words like humble, where it belongs, or by influence of crumb. Related: Crumbled; crumbling.