Consider a metal stick, say iron or aluminum. From the experience, even if it's resilient, bend it forward and backward a couple of times, it would be broken.
However, consider a thin iron foil or thin aluminum foil. From the experience, we know that it could be bend forward and backward for almost as many time as time was permitted.
How to explain this in solid states? Why was it that the thin foil seemed to be much more deformable than stick?(Does it has anything to do with the fact that in the normal direction, the metallic bound was weak?) Why thin foil doesn't break?