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curls fall/tumble (=hang down)
▪ The child's golden curls fell around her shoulders.
rough and tumble
▪ the rough and tumble of public life
tumble dryer
▪ They tumbled backwards together in a happy heap.
▪ Marcus was doubled over and I saw the woman tumbling backwards.
▪ Cora-Beth's foot had slipped between two of the bales and she had tumbled backwards, dragging Harry down on top of her.
▪ You may sense that your words are tumbling out into a kind of void.
▪ The sword splits the tree in half and Adonis tumbles out.
▪ From my second-floor vantage point I could see my classmates as they tumbled out into the quad playing catch with my shoes.
▪ They tumble out of campers, erect tripods and hoist arm-length lenses.
▪ A woman, naked except for an unbuttoned faded red blouse, tumbles out.
▪ The words tumble out, making a sound like the rumble of distant thunder, taking shape, depth, and substance.
▪ The words tumbled out like machine gun fire.
▪ Perhaps a dustbin had tumbled over or another tile been flung from the roof.
▪ Blood spurted from her belly, spraying the stage, and she tumbled over.
▪ Great white clouds rolled above us, tumbling over the mountain summit as if eager to find quieter air.
▪ Firemen secured the bus with ropes to stop it tumbling over the edge before escorting the petrified passengers to safety.
▪ I tumbled over a drunk lying spreadeagled in the close.
▪ It had the desired effect - the gunman tumbled over the top of the fence, landing painfully on his back.
▪ Tulsa is a classic cottage garden, with more than 500 varieties of perennials tumbling over each other in a battle for space.
▪ There was even a small river tumbling over the edge in a waterfall so wind-whipped that it reached the ground as rain.
▪ Sara hated to think of how she herself must appear with her face devoid of make-up and her hair tumbled.
▪ She was a veritable Venus with her dark eyes and black, curling hair which tumbled down to her shoulders.
▪ Her hair, hastily tumbled in a top-of-the-head ponytail, was growing out from highlights.
▪ Her long blonde hair tumbled artistically about her person.
▪ Her face was long and thin, framed by mousy hair which tumbled down to her shoulders.
▪ Nadia and Selma lay sleeping quietly, their black hair tumbling out of their braids.
▪ Olivetti shares have tumbled 15 percent since last week as analysts downgraded profit forecasts.
▪ The Commerce Department reported that construction spending tumbled 1. 1 percent in June, the worst showing in six months.
▪ Kmart shares tumbled 13 percent from last week, closing at 7.
▪ The benchmark Nikkei average tumbled 169 points, or 0. 9 percent, to 20, 197.
▪ The Dow Jones Industrial Average tumbled 97. 19 points to 5032. 94.
▪ The 30-stock average tumbled 67. 55 points yesterday.
▪ The increase in rates initially sent London share prices tumbling.
▪ Orders are not met; stock prices can tumble.
▪ For during the 1980s the world price of coal had tumbled dramatically.
▪ The price of gold tumbled to a four-year low.
▪ Market makers took fright, presuming some one knew something they did not, and the price tumbled 30 p.c.
▪ Natural gas prices also tumbled amid concern warmer weather would dampen demand for heating fuels.
▪ Land and building prices are tumbling - far faster even than in the West.
▪ You may sense that your words are tumbling out into a kind of void.
▪ The words tumbled out with such stumbling sincerity that she looked at him, the ice in her eyes melting.
▪ The words tumbled out like machine gun fire.
▪ At first he faltered, and then the words came tumbling out.
▪ The words had tumbled out in anger.
▪ The words tumble out, making a sound like the rumble of distant thunder, taking shape, depth, and substance.
▪ Once you write your list, your thoughts flow faster and the words tumble from one point to the next.
▪ When wound up, which was often, his words fairly tumbled out.
▪ Clenches his fist towards heaven and cries for it all to come tumbling around him.
▪ At first he faltered, and then the words came tumbling out.
▪ Then the stage came tumbling down.
▪ And the marriage comes tumbling down as Roth, like a Roth hero, demands to become unbound from marital ties.
▪ As the Holy Spirit filled me, the barriers came tumbling down.
▪ He watched a huge white mountain collapse and come tumbling down on him.
▪ Whole buildings, vehicles, and machinery came tumbling from above, wearing necklaces of fire.
▪ Alfred came downstairs, tumbled into his chair, and Inez jumped up and served him.
▪ His appointment is certain to send morale tumbling at the Smith Square headquarters.
▪ When he opened them to look, Ritchie bopped him with a right that sent him tumbling against the car.
▪ The Vikings thus ended their losing streak at four games, while sending the Raiders tumbling to their third consecutive loss.
▪ Not long after that he was sent tumbling helplessly through space when a cosmonaut unplugged the wrong cable.
▪ She screamed and kicked and sent him tumbling off the bed.
▪ A bus veered off the road and tumbled down the hill into the river below.
▪ A little girl tumbled about 30 feet from the window of her family's third-floor apartment.
▪ Grace's blonde hair tumbled down her back.
▪ On October 19, 1987, the stock market tumbled 508 points.
▪ She tumbled down the stairs and landed in a heap at the bottom.
▪ Charsky catapulted into a rocky obstruction after tumbling a thousand feet or so.
▪ Collins laid the attaché case on the low table, consulted the slip of paper and tumbled the rollers.
▪ Music had cleansed him as a river cleans a gorge through which it tumbles.
▪ Sara hated to think of how she herself must appear with her face devoid of make-up and her hair tumbled.
▪ Some tumbled off and ran no further.
▪ The movement only made it worse and the world continued to tumble for long seconds after.
▪ Then the loosened masonry began to tumble again.
▪ This started a real rough and tumble, with people falling or being pushed to the ground amongst the debris.
▪ After a lifetime in politics he knows all about the rough and tumble of public life.
▪ She's only small and she's not used to such rough and tumble.
▪ No constitution is ever safe above the rough and tumble of political life.
▪ One of those cowardly specimens who observably flinched in the football tackle or too noticeably avoided the sporadic playground rough and tumble.
▪ This would have to be remembered in the rough and tumble of debate.
▪ In the rough and tumble of my street there was less luxuriance.
▪ In the rough and tumble atmosphere of the dealing room, nobody seemed to care.
▪ Even the washing machine and tumble drier have long been overtaken by advances in white goods technology.
▪ The Bakers had to take all our clothes and put them through the tumble drier!
▪ But it found that anything that produces water vapour - unvented tumble driers, for example - pushed up damp levels significantly.
▪ This was a partitioned area at the back of the kitchen which housed the washing machine, tumble drier and ironing stuff.
▪ Geoffrey dropped his hand down and turned on the tumble drier, it jerked and rumbled behind Noddy.
▪ You could put the tumble drier on at 2.30 instead of 4.30 in the afternoon.
▪ FoE pinpointed fridges, light bulbs, washing machines, dishwashers, televisions, and tumble driers as energy wasters.
▪ And the tumble dryer, was it still turning or was it the sound of the Meloch that was always with us?
▪ The prejudice of several centuries is about to take a tumble.
▪ Payton, meanwhile, took a tumble to the floor and had Mark Bryant fall on him, bruising his back.
▪ Millions of viewers saw presenter Howard Leader take the tumble wearing dark glasses and clutching a white stick.
▪ Should the stock market take a big tumble anytime soon, at least one investor is well positioned to benefit.
▪ True, the share price recently took a frightening tumble, but local activity has been maintained.
▪ That's quite a tumble you took.
▪ Creed tripped over something lying in the grass and even his head-over-heels tumble seemed lazy and unreal.
▪ In certain light the sea goes green, a slow dullish tumble he watches from the deck.
▪ In the doorway stands 2-year-old Davell Payne, a few feet from a potentially fatal tumble down the stairwell.
▪ Payton, meanwhile, took a tumble to the floor and had Mark Bryant fall on him, bruising his back.
▪ This soft green womb formed an oasis of peace in the chaotic tumble that was Fashion Avenue.
▪ This started a real rough and tumble, with people falling or being pushed to the ground amongst the debris.
▪ With its glass-reinforced-plastic exterior, the Minipod probably could survive such a tumble.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Tumble \Tum"ble\, n. Act of tumbling, or rolling over; a fall.


Tumble \Tum"ble\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Tumbled; p. pr. & vb. n. Tumbling.] [OE. tumblen, AS. tumbian to turn heels over head, to dance violently; akin to D. tuimelen to fall, Sw. tumla, Dan. tumle, Icel. tumba; and cf. G. taumeln to reel, to stagger.]

  1. To roll over, or to and fro; to throw one's self about; as, a person on pain tumbles and tosses.

  2. To roll down; to fall suddenly and violently; to be precipitated; as, to tumble from a scaffold.

    He who tumbles from a tower surely has a greater blow than he who slides from a molehill.

  3. To play tricks by various movements and contortions of the body; to perform the feats of an acrobat.

    To tumble home (Naut.), to incline inward, as the sides of a vessel, above the bends or extreme breadth; -- used esp. in the phrase tumbling home. Cf. Wall-sided.


Tumble \Tum"ble\, v. t.

  1. To turn over; to turn or throw about, as for examination or search; to roll or move in a rough, coarse, or unceremonious manner; to throw down or headlong; to precipitate; -- sometimes with over, about, etc.; as, to tumble books or papers.

  2. To disturb; to rumple; as, to tumble a bed.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

"accidental fall," 1716, from tumble (v.). Earlier as "disorder, confusion" (1630s).


c.1300, "to perform as an acrobat," also "to fall down," perhaps from a frequentative form of Old English tumbian "dance about, tumble, leap." This is of unknown origin but apparently related to Middle Low German tummelen "to turn, dance," Dutch tuimelen "to tumble," Old High German tumon, German taumeln "to turn, reel." Transitive sense from late 14c. Related: Tumbled; tumbling.


n. 1 A fall. 2 An act of sexual intercourse. vb. 1 (lb en intransitive) To fall end over end. 2 To perform gymnastics such as somersaults, rolls, and handsprings. 3 To roll over and over. 4 (lb en informal) To have sexual intercourse. 5 (lb en transitive) To smooth and polish a rough surface on relatively small parts. 6 To muss, to make disorderly; to tousle or rumple.

  1. n. an acrobatic feat of rolling or turning end over end

  2. a sudden drop from an upright position; "he had a nasty spill on the ice" [syn: spill, fall]

  1. v. fall down, as if collapsing; "The tower of the World Trade Center tumbled after the plane hit it" [syn: topple]

  2. cause to topple or tumble by pushing [syn: topple, tip]

  3. roll over and over, back and forth

  4. fly around; "The clothes tumbled in the dryer"; "rising smoke whirled in the air" [syn: whirl, whirl around]

  5. fall apart; "the building crimbled after the explosion"; "Negociations broke down" [syn: crumble, crumple, break down, collapse]

  6. throw together in a confused mass; "They tumbled the teams with no apparent pattern"

  7. understand, usually after some initial difficulty; "She didn't know what her classmates were plotting but finally caught on" [syn: catch on, get wise, get onto, latch on, cotton on, twig, get it]

  8. fall suddenly and sharply; "Prices tumbled after the devaluation of the currency"

  9. put clothes in a tumbling barrel, where they are whirled about in hot air, usually with the purpose of drying; "Wash in warm water and tumble dry"

  10. suffer a sudden downfall, overthrow, or defeat

  11. do gymnastics, roll and turn skillfully


Tumble or tumbling may refer to:

  • Tumbling (gymnastics), a sport where gymnasts make a pass down a sprung track performing tumbling moves.
  • Tumble (TV series), a British TV series
  • Tumble bus, mobile gymnastics school bus
  • Tumble finishing is a technique for smoothing and polishing the surface on small parts
  • Tumble RFC, rugby union club of the village below
  • Tumble (video game), 2010 downloadable video game available on the PlayStation Network
  • Mr Tumble, character on the BBC TV series Something Special.

Tumble may also refer to the following places:

  • Tumble, Carmarthenshire, a village in South Wales
Tumble (TV series)

Tumble (originally Let's Get Ready to Tumble) is a British television show, featuring celebrities taking part in gymnastics to win the votes of the public. Learning sessions were given on the basics of gymnastics to the celebrities taking part. The show was backed by British Gymnastics. The trainers were the same ones who trained Louis Smith and Beth Tweddle. The show was broadcast live over six episodes on BBC One, starting on 9 August 2014.

The series was hosted by Alex Jones. The judges were Nadia Comăneci, Louis Smith, Craig Heap and Sebastien Stella. On occasions the judges would perform a routine.

On 14 November 2014, BBC One axed the show after only one series.

Usage examples of "tumble".

The wharf guards are so used to seeing me shuffle past, they would not notice if Abri turned tumbles under my coat.

The Knights who rode guard on the carriage shouted in surprise as the two tumbled to the street, but they were no more adventurous than the ones inside.

Standing up abruptly, he tumbled a startled Noel off his lap, catching her and setting her on her feet before she landed in aheap on the floor.

Not surprisingly, Ake lost his balance and tumbled to the ground, disappearing under hundreds of kilos of insistent scout dogs.

Halting at last, Rolan opened a narrow door and disappeared into the darkness beyond, whispering for Alec to watch his step just in time to save the boy from tumbling down more stairs that descended less than a pace from the door.

When all efforts had failed, Seregil had tumbled into it beside Alec and fallen asleep almost at once.

She smelled the ammoniac odor of the big beast, even as she plunged, face down, into a tumble of leaf-drift.

Then it shook the shell hard until the ammonite, still alive, tumbled out into the water, naked for the first time in its life.

With each mortal wound, an amphibian pitched writhing into space and tumbled flailing against those behind.

And he the wind-whipped, anywhither wave Crazily tumbled on a shingle-grave To waste in foam.

Noetic shreds, arkose shards, biotite fragments tumbling and grinding in a dry breccia slurry.

He entered the next cellar and picked his way through a tumbled mass of ceiling that threw up sparks as his asbestos boots encountered it.

In Bradwell, Jane returned to her day school after the Easter holiday, Gerald continued to regard me with mute adoration, and spring flowers and shrubs began to bring great splashes of color to the green and brown gardens of Silverwood, first the daffodils, then the tulips, the aubrietia tumbling over dwarf walls, and the camellias with great blossoms of pink and red.

Breakfast dishes went flying, shattering, mess tables upended, lockers spilled open, and in the belowdeck barbettes, massive gun turrets tore free from their housings and tumbled grindingly down the slanting platforms, crushing crewmen.

As the glow faded, the stone blocks of bauxite began to fall away, no longer cemented, tumbling down into a pit hidden below the hearth.