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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.
See also: down, tumble
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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.
See also: down, tumble

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.
See also: down, tumble
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

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.
See also: down, tumble
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs. Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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It is soaked and heavy, and it flops about, and tumbles down on you, and clings round your head and makes you mad.
And you follow each other round and round, swearing at one another, until the tent tumbles down in a heap, and leaves you looking at each other across its ruins, when you both indignantly exclaim, in the same breath:
BRAIN-damaged Dan is feeling so confused after kissing Sally that he runs off and tumbles down an embankment.
At the ceremony a nobleman named George Goward tumbles down the grand staircase to his death while almost everyone is craning to get a look at the German princess, Charlotte, newly married to King George III.
A deafening roar of cascading water tumbles down the world's mightiest single waterfall.
The river tumbles down the crags in two stages, flowing under a natural stone arch that has been christened the Fairy Bridge.
The city tumbles down the steep slopes to the river's edge where it coalesces into a raffish assortment of bars, cafes and restaurants housed in tottering waterfront terraces.
The green is little more than a narrow shelf, carved into the steep slope of a dune that tumbles down to the beach.
The pair have a catfight at the top of a staircase, and Kelly tumbles down - losing the baby.
It tumbles down a mountainside and pours out from the sky.
Copper-bearing ore tumbles down by the force of gravity through chutes inside the hill.
Water cascades in sheets, whipped up by a host of nozzles, spilling from basin to basin, spreading and gaining in volume as it tumbles down each tier, finally gathered and contained into a vast sunken basin.