Definition of fold up

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
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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“Fold up.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Dec. 2021.

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