- dilapidated; ruined; rundown: He lived in a tumble-down shack.
Origin of tumble-down
First recorded in 1810–20
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Examples from the Web for tumble-down
There were two rough-haired, unkempt horses in the tumble-down stable.The Return of Sherlock Holmes
Arthur Conan Doyle
This tumble-down, six-roomed cottage was to be the saving of the family.They and I
Jerome K. Jerome
Didcot with its Banbury cakes and tumble-down station is passed.Little Folks (July 1884)
By these means the town acquired a tumble-down and battered appearance.
A tumble-down place I found it, but I was overjoyed to be in it, nevertheless.Our Home in the Silver West