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[tuhm-buh l-doun] /ˈtʌm bəlˌdaʊn/
dilapidated; ruined; rundown:
He lived in a tumble-down shack.
Origin of tumble-down
1810-20 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Near the beach we came upon a group of tumbledown shanties, remnants of the seat of government.

  • As he spoke he mounted a flight of steps to a tumbledown veranda.

  • In the tumbledown walls I could see loopholes large enough for a giant to creep through.

    Major Frank A. L. G. Bosboom-Toussaint
  • Carmena reined in to jerk her thumb at a tumbledown brush hut.

    Bloom of Cactus Robert Ames Bennet
  • The tumbledown of hills and dales is very pretty here, and the deep red of the earth, and the whitewashed and thatched cottages.

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

    The Deserted Yacht Mildred A. Wirt, AKA Ann Wirt
  • Crossing the field, the pair approached the tumbledown building from the side away from the house.

    Swamp Island Mildred A. Wirt
  • The family live in a tumbledown house at the edge of the city.

    School Credit for Home Work Lewis Raymond Alderman
  • They live mostly in tumbledown shacks not far from the mill.

British Dictionary definitions for tumbledown


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