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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. 2018.
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  • 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 Rabindranath Tagore
  • Farina beheld the Thier at the entrance of a tumbledown tent.

  • She noticed a small, tumbledown cottage which stood at the edge of a ravine.

    The Deserted Yacht Mildred A. Wirt, AKA Ann Wirt
  • The family live in a tumbledown house at the edge of the city.

    School Credit for Home Work Lewis Raymond Alderman
  • A tumbledown stone dyke, overgrown with mosses and grass, surrounded it.

    Anne Of Avonlea Lucy Maud Montgomery
  • I am bound to add, of my own experience, that Maybole is tumbledown and dreary.

    Essays of Travel Robert Louis Stevenson
  • But that one has been shabby and tumbledown ever since I can remember.

    Why Joan? Eleanor Mercein Kelly
British Dictionary definitions for tumbledown


falling to pieces; dilapidated; crumbling
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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