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take a tumble
1. Literally, to fall suddenly to the ground. I took a bit of a tumble walking home from the pub last night, hence the bruises on my face.
2. To suffer a sudden fall or decline, as of profits, health, quality, etc. The price of shares in the tech giant took a tumble on Tuesday after it emerged that they had been manipulating sales figures over the last five years. My father has been doing remarkably well in his battle with cancer, but he has taken a tumble in the last few days.
disorderly; aggressive. That was a rough-and-tumble football game. George is too rough-and-ready for me. He doesn't know how to act around civilized people.
to roll or bounce along. The ball tumbled along, across the lawn and into the street. As the boulder tumbled along, it crushed everything in its path.
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.
tumble from something
to fall from something. The food tumbled from the tray and fell to the floor. The books tumbled from the shelf during the earthquake.
tumble into bed
to get into or fall into bed. Liz went home and tumbled into bed.
tumble into someone or something
to fall down and roll into someone or something. (Either accidentally or on purpose.) Liz tripped and tumbled into the table. She tumbled into Ken.
tumble out of something
to fall, topple, or drop out of something. Don't let the baby tumble out of the chair! Thechildren tumbled out of the car and ran for the school building.
to fall over. The vase tumbled over and broke. I held Timmy up to keep him from tumbling over.
tumble over someone or something
to trip or stumble over someone or something and fall down. I tumbled over Fred, who was napping under the tree. I tumbled over a chair and fell down.
tumble over (something)
to fall over the edge of something. Stay away from the edge. I don't want any of you tumbling over it. Don't go too close. You'll tumble over.
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.
the rough and tumble of something
the part of an activity that involves fighting or competing He enjoys the rough and tumble of politics.See when the going gets rough, a bumpy ride, cut up rough
rough and tumble
Disorderly scuffling or infighting, as in She had some reservations about entering the rough and tumble of local politics. This expression originated in the late 1700s in boxing, where it referred to a fight without rules. [Mid-1800s]
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.
tumble onor tumble upon
To come upon something accidentally; happen on something: We tumbled on a nice restaurant while walking downtown.
To come to some sudden understanding; catch on to something: I tumbled to the reality that the other card players were cheating.
rough and tumble
mod. disorderly; aggressive. George is too rough and tumble for me. He doesn’t know how to act around civilized people.