By JENNIFER STEINHAUER
After voters rejected measures to prevent financial catastrophe, calls for an overhaul of the state’s Constitution grew louder.
The secrecy of Swiss bank accounts is one of the most important pillars of
the Swiss economy. But it's a pillar that's beginning to crumble.
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1 [I or T] to break, or cause something to break, into small pieces:
She nervously crumbled the bread between her fingers.
The cliffs on which the houses are built are starting to crumble.
2 [I] to weaken in strength and influence:
Support for the government is crumbling.
breaking easily into small pieces:
bread with a crumbly texture
It’s O.K.,” said Mr. Kingsley, 59, with a resigned laugh. “I’ll just have to work a few extra years to pay off this vacation.” His wife, Laura, did her best to soothe him. “It’s just play money,” she said.
By now, five summers after the dollar began its long swoon against the euro and the pound, American travelers are used to $5 cups of coffee and triple-digit dinner checks in Europe’s great capitals. But the dollar’s latest plunge — to record lows of $1.38 to the euro and $2.05 to the pound — has turned mere sticker shock into a form of disbelief for many tourists.
--Americans Still Flock to Europe as Dollar Drops
• As Dollar Crumples, Tourists Overseas Reel
The verb “crumple” has 4 meanings:
Meaning #1: fall apart; also used metaphorically
Synonyms: crumble, tumble, break down, collapse
• To feel dizzy: My head reeled with the facts and figures.
1 to walk moving from side to side, looking like you are going to fall:
At closing time he reeled out of the pub and fell down on the pavement.
She hit him so hard that he reeled backwards.
2 If the place where you are reels, what you are looking at seems to go round and round in front of you:
A stone hit his head and the street reeled before his eyes.
3 If you reel, or your mind or brain reels, you feel very confused or shocked and unable to act:
We were reeling (in amazement/shock/delight, etc. from/with the news that we had won all that money.
(from Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary)