To tumble home
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. [1913 Webster]

2. To roll down; to fall suddenly and violently; to be precipitated; as, to tumble from a scaffold. [1913 Webster]

He who tumbles from a tower surely has a greater blow than he who slides from a molehill. --South. [1913 Webster]

3. To play tricks by various movements and contortions of the body; to perform the feats of an acrobat. --Rowe. [1913 Webster]

{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}. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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