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[tuhm-buh l-doun] /ˈtʌm bəlˌdaʊn/
dilapidated; ruined; rundown:
He lived in a tumble-down shack.
Origin of tumble-down
First recorded in 1810-20 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Dick knew Captain Handlee as an old soldier, who lived in a tumble-down house on the outskirts of the village.

    Dick Hamilton's Cadet Days Howard R. Garis
  • This tumble-down, six-roomed cottage was to be the saving of the family.

    They and I Jerome K. Jerome
  • From Voudrin's tumble-down shanty Sturgeon Lake was nearly a hundred miles southwest.

    The Wilderness Trail Frank Williams
  • Didcot with its Banbury cakes and tumble-down station is passed.

  • The roofs of the strange, dirty, tumble-down houses were packed thickly below her.

  • A tumble-down place I found it, but I was overjoyed to be in it, nevertheless.

  • I hope you will appreciate my devotion; in a tumble-down old house, near the ramparts.

    Chicot the Jester Alexandre Dumas, Pere
  • They came to a tumble-down barn, but she was too cold and wet to stop where there was no fire.

    Seven Miles to Arden Ruth Sawyer
  • A forlorn pair with a multiplicity of forlorn children lived in a tumble-down house about half a mile from the grove.

    The Copy-Cat and Other Stories Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
  • I am stifled in these narrow streets, amid these tumble-down houses, amid these alleys.

    Quo Vadis Henryk Sienkiewicz

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