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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

tumble across (something)

1. Literally, to trip on something with one's foot. I wasn't watching where I was going and tumbled across the root of a tree. The child tumbled across the steps of the house.
2. To find, discover, or happen upon something casually or by chance. I tumbled across this fantastic little café the other day. Let me know if you tumble across my keys—I haven't been able to find them.
See also: across, tumble

tumble upon (something)

1. Literally, to trip on something with one's foot. I wasn't watching where I was going and tumbled upon the root of a tree. The child tumbled upon the steps of the house.
2. To find, discover, or happen upon something casually or by chance. I tumbled upon this fantastic little café the other day. Let me know if you tumble upon my keys—I haven't been able to find them.
See also: tumble, upon

tumble on (something)

1. Literally, to trip on something with one's foot. I wasn't watching where I was going and tumbled on the root of a tree. The child tumbled on the steps of the house.
2. To find, discover, or happen upon something casually or by chance. I tumbled on this fantastic little café the other day. Let me know if you tumble on my keys—I haven't been able to find them.
See also: on, tumble

tumble to (something)

1. To fall or topple to some lower location or level. I feared the worst when I saw my grandfather tumble to the floor. He kicked the crate and watched it tumble to the basement.
2. obsolescent To arrive at some conclusion or understanding. I have since tumbled to the belief that animals prove far better companions than other people. It was only after the debt collectors began taking away our belongings that I tumbled to the reality of David's financial woes.
See also: 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

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

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
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Sam now holds two British tumbling titles, as he was crowned British Champion at National Development Plan level 4 age 13+ in 2018.
Earlier this year Wharton was named Outstanding Coach of the year by British Gymnastics and at the end of 2018 the club's Shanice Davidson won a silver medal in the Senior Women's Tumbling World Championships.
In February, Kallum competed as a senior for the first time at the Tumbling World Cup where he once again soared to new heights with Chris representing GB as his coach in Azerbaijan.
He likes all sport, but he is dedicated to tumbling and hoping to achieve more success.
The chemical composition of chop samples at the end of every tumbling experiment was determined.
Total quantity or scope: The contract is for supply equipment for tumbling and press with pressure min.
I swerved to miss it assuming it was a piece of tyre, but in my rearview mirror I saw the tumbling item (a kitten) get to its feet and run between cars onto the side of the road.
Teams used algorithms in exercises during which the spheres simulated an active spacecraft approaching an object tumbling through space.
Five of the club's gymnasts competed at the Amateur Gymnastics Association National Tumbling Championships at Fenton Manor in Stoke on Trent - and came away with a medal.
BRIT model AGYNESS DEYN managed to see the funny side of tumbling not once, but twice in skyscraper Burberry platforms, at NAOMI CAMPBELL'S Fashion For Relief Haiti Benefit in New York this week.
Active, physical pretend play involving such activities as running, chasing, climbing, playfully wrestling, grabbing, kicking, and tumbling constitutes almost one fourth of children's behavior (McGrew, 1972; Smith & Connolly, 1980).
At the same time, a precision throwing wheel, turning at high speeds (up to 8,000 rpm), throws plastic shot at the tumbling parts, and the plastic shot breaks off the brittle flash on impact.
TOM TAAFFE has pencilled in Tumbling Dice for a crack at the Paddy Power Gold Cup at Cheltenham on Saturday week.
With Lava--her Brooklyn, N.Y.-based all-female troupe of brawny performers--Johnson combines tumbling, trapeze work, modern dance, circus hoops, wrestling, and videos for an exhilarating show.
Kathryn Lasky's Tumble Bunnies (0763622656, 15.99) requires good reading skills or parental assistance as it tells of one Clyde, who worries about being chosen for a team at a major event--until he discovers that tumbling doesn't involve teams.