Tumble-down Tum"ble-down`, a. Ready to fall; dilapidated; ruinous; as, a tumble-down house. [Colloq.] [1913 Webster]

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  • tumble down — phrasal verb [intransitive] Word forms tumble down : present tense I/you/we/they tumble down he/she/it tumbles down present participle tumbling down past tense tumbled down past participle tumbled down 1) same as tumble I, 2) The scaffolding… …   English dictionary

  • tumble down — PHRASAL VERB If a building tumbles down, it collapses or parts of it fall off, usually because it is old and no one has taken care of it. [V P] The outer walls looked likely to tumble down in a stiff wind... [V P] If the foundations are flawed… …   English dictionary

  • tumble-down — adjective in deplorable condition a street of bedraggled tenements a broken down fence a ramshackle old pier a tumble down shack • Syn: ↑bedraggled, ↑broken down, ↑derelict, ↑d …   Useful english dictionary

  • tumble-down — /tum beuhl down /, adj. dilapidated; ruined; rundown: He lived in a tumble down shack. [1810 20] * * * …   Universalium

  • tumble down — phr verb Tumble down is used with these nouns as the object: ↑slope …   Collocations dictionary

  • tumble-down — tum′ble down adj. dilapidated; ruined; run down • Etymology: 1810–20 …   From formal English to slang

  • tumble down — verb topple, collapse Williams has said, in the days following his firing by NPR, that a lot of his assumptions came tumbling down he was a Liberal because he thought that Liberals were tolerant, open minded folk. See Also: tumbledown …   Wiktionary

  • tumble-down — adj dilapidated, ramshackle, ruined, in ruins, broken down, gone to wrack and ruin; in disrepair, rundown, Sl. sleazy; fallen to pieces, crumbled, crumbling, ready to fall; decrepit, tottering, unstable, shaky; untrustworthy, insecure, unsafe …   A Note on the Style of the synonym finder

  • tumble-down — ramshackle, fall to the ground …   English contemporary dictionary

  • tumble-down — a. Tottering, ready to fall, dilapidated …   New dictionary of synonyms

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