No friend of liberty can avoid the tumble back and forth between Burke and Paine.
For those of us used to the rough and tumble and entertainment of the House of Commons, however, this was thin gruel.
Doing so would risk political and economic upheaval in an already impoverished country that could tumble into China itself.
c.1300, "to perform as an acrobat," also "to fall down," perhaps from a frequentative form of Old English tumbian "dance about," of unknown origin. Related to Middle Low German tummelen "to turn, dance," Dutch tuimelen "to tumble," Old High German tumon, German taumeln "to turn, reel." Related: Tumbled; tumbling. Tumble-down (1791) originally meant "habitually falling down" and was used first of horses; sense of "in a dilapidated condition" is recorded from 1818.
1716, from tumble (v.).