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give someone a tumble

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give someone a tumble

verb phrase

To show a sign of recognition or approval; acknowledge: The newspaper guys had the Bone Crusher pegged as a plant and wouldn't give him a tumble/ Both knew me, but neither gave me a tumble

[1921+; probably fr the earlier take a tumble to oneself, ''examine oneself closely, esp with respect to one's faults,'' after which tumble was taken to mean ''scrutiny, acknowledgment'']

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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