fold up

intransitive verb

Definition of fold up

  1. 1 :  to give way :  collapse, crumple at the first shot the deer stopped short, then suddenly folded up the old chair suddenly folded up under him

  2. 2a :  to cease resistance or exertion :  give up :  fail, quit the horse folded up in the homestretch the defense folded up under the savage attack the weak just get crushed; you can't blame them for folding up — K. M. Dodson b :  to stop production or operation for lack of funds, support, or business success :  go bankrupt :  close up :  close small businesses were folding up right and left

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