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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.
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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.
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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The boy fell against the Horner, so that all went tumbling down the slide in a regular mix-up, unable to see where they were going because of the darkness.
Willoughby had no property of his own in the country; that he resided there only while he was visiting the old lady at Allenham Court, to whom he was related, and whose possessions he was to inherit; adding, "Yes, yes, he is very well worth catching I can tell you, Miss Dashwood; he has a pretty little estate of his own in Somersetshire besides; and if I were you, I would not give him up to my younger sister, in spite of all this tumbling down hills.
The tray was kept from tumbling down, by a bible; and the tray, if it had tumbled down, would have smashed a quantity of cups and saucers and a teapot that were grouped around the book.
The strengthening of the US dollar against the pound is the main reason for UK cities tumbling down the list, according to the report, which said despite concerns over Brexit, the UK remains an attractive destination for organisations looking to relocate staff.
6 and 9 to match his first round output that put him early contention before tumbling down with 77 and 73 in the middle rounds.
If Old New York Came Tumbling Down IF OLD New York came tumbling down I wouldn't ever care 'Cause if you're not beside me With who else would I share?
The woman can then be seen tumbling down the stairs.
ISLAMABAD -- A woman was killed and three others were injured in Lahore when roof of a house came tumbling down due to heavy rains.
QUEEN OF THE SOUTH new boy Gary Oliver admits it was a wrench to leave Hearts but insists it was the right decision after tumbling down the pecking order.
Crew manager Aiden Crawley, based at Washington fire station, said the pet had jumped through the window and then scrambled all the way up to the peak of the roof, before losing its grip and tumbling down to the guttering.
TWO climbers had a lucky escape after tumbling down a mountainside over the weekend.
And then my world came tumbling down when I walked into the church.
The Duchess of Cambridge had walked down the aisle with her hair half tumbling down and veil held in place by a priceless Cartier "halo" tiara lent to her by Queen Elizabeth.
Today the 200ft chimney at the former Derwenthaugh Cokeworks came tumbling down, but in what year?
Just 14 days earlier pounds 17,000 was spent rescuing one of his bulls stranded after tumbling down cliffs at a nearby spot.