- 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 tumbledown
But Tumbledown is worth sticking with, though, and it blossoms in surprising ways.A Bar of Paranoid Schizos: Robert Boswell’s ‘Tumbledown’
August 6, 2013
As he spoke he mounted a flight of steps to a tumbledown veranda.
Carmena reined in to jerk her thumb at a tumbledown brush hut.Bloom of Cactus
Robert Ames Bennet
It held its sittings in a tumbledown building in an obscure Calcutta lane.My Reminiscences
Farina beheld the Thier at the entrance of a tumbledown tent.The Short Works of George Meredith
She noticed a small, tumbledown cottage which stood at the edge of a ravine.The Deserted Yacht
Mildred A. Wirt, AKA Ann Wirt
- falling to pieces; dilapidated; crumbling
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