The great director took a tumble when he was replaced by a newcomer.
a response indicating interest, affection, etc.:
She wouldn't give me a tumble.
tumbled condition; disorder or confusion.
a confused heap:
a tumble of papers, ashes, pens, and keys on the desk.
Chiefly New England. a haycock.
take a tumble to, Australian Slang. to come to understand.
1250-1300;Middle Englishtum(b)len to dance in acrobatic style (cognate with Dutchtuimelen,Low Germantummeln), frequentative of Middle Englishtomben,Old Englishtumbian, (cognate with Old Norsetumba, akin to Old High Germantūmōn to reel (perhaps < OLG); compare Frenchtomber to fall < Gmc); see -le
c.1300, "to perform as an acrobat," also "to fall down," perhaps from a frequentative form of O.E. tumbian "dance about," of unknown origin. Related to M.L.G. tummelen "to turn, dance," Du. tuimelen "to tumble," O.H.G. tumon, Ger. taumeln "to turn, reel." The noun is recorded from 1716. Tumble-down (1791) originally meant "habitually falling down" and was used first of horses; sense of "in a dilapidated condition" is recorded from 1818. Tumble-weed is attested from 1887.