Definition Of tumbles


(typically of a person) fall suddenly, clumsily, or headlong.

she pitched forward, tumbling down the remaining stairs

a friendly sign of recognition, acknowledgment, or interest.

not a soul gave him a tumble

a sudden or headlong fall.

I took a tumble in the nettles

clean (castings, gemstones, etc.) in a tumbling barrel.

perform acrobatic or gymnastic exercises, typically handsprings and somersaults in the air.

On floor exercise one gymnast tumbled a double layout, two whips to double pike, and stuck full-in dismount.

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Example Of tumbles

  • a tumble in share prices

  • A silver lining in the world economy can be found in the global oil market, where prices have been tumbling in recent weeks.

  • A young man stepped into the firelight, his face partly obscured by tumbles of dark brown hair.

  • Charles tumbled out of the room, and leaped to his feet.

  • Despite the predictions, some first-time buyers remained confident there would be a tumble in prices.

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