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tumble down

1. To collapse or come falling downward. He tripped on the wire running across the hallway and went tumbling down the stairs. The tower came tumbling down after the demolition crews set off the explosive charges.
2. To fall from a high rank or a position of power. That surprise loss sees the former champion tumble down from 1st to 6th place in the tournament leaderboards. The scandal brought the prime minister tumbling down from power. Stock prices have continued tumbling down as the president refuses to rule out a trade war with other nations.
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tumble someone or something down something

to tip or push someone or something down something. Timmy tumbled his brother down the hill. Ann tumbled her laundry down the chute.
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tumble down

to fall down; to topple. The old barn was so rickety that it almost tumbled down on its own. The pile of books tumbled down all over the floor.
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tumble down

v.
1. To topple, as from power or a high position; fall: That horse started out the race in the lead, but tumbled down to fifth place.
2. To collapse: The wall tumbled down when I leaned on it.
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It caused that climber to take a similar tumble down the mountainside.
The mountain slopes tumble down to wind-swept, gray-sand beaches that seem to go on for miles.
Without the force exerted by your muscles, for example, your body would tumble down.
In Untitled #23 two-by-fours covered with cotton cloth protrude at odd lengths from an approximate picture-plane, while in Untitled #28, cotton sacks anarchically tumble down the wall and spill out over the floor.
True to its name, it looks as if it's going to tumble down at any instant.
SANTA CLARITA - A horse injured during the weekend in a 150-foot tumble down an embankment was lifted out of the Angeles National Forest by a Los Angeles County helicopter on Monday.
The 20th Century Fox release managed to barely reach nine figures as it is making a quick tumble down the box office charts.
McElderry said Anderson told them the vehicle slid off the cliff before he could start a fire, and Anderson jumped out and watched the vehicle tumble down the ravine.
Heavy El Nino rains in February 1998 undermined Balcom Canyon Road, causing thousands of tons of rubble to tumble down the hillside.
seven buildings and the 42 condominiums would tumble down onto the golf course,'' Robertson said.
Officials are investigating what caused Julio Giannotti's Plymouth Reliant to swerve off the right shoulder of the northbound lanes, tumble down an embankment and crash into a pillar supporting the Las Virgenes off-ramp.
a spineless invertebrate whose arms and legs are indistinguishable as they tumble down the mountain.