He tripped and tumbled to the ground.
The statue came tumbling down during the riots.
The satellite was tumbling out of control.
She slipped and tumbled down the hill.
Everyone came tumbling out of the bar at closing time.
He tumbled into bed and fell asleep.
Water tumbled over the rocks. Noun
cleaned a crazy tumble of buttons, hair bands, loose change, and old candy wrappers out from the couch cushions
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As a result, SpaceX commanded a detonation of the tumbling vehicle, which occurred four minutes after liftoff.—Mike Wall, Scientific American, 20 Nov. 2023 The sector, a core contributor to the state economy, has tumbled in four consecutive months and has lost 3,700 jobs, including 500 last month.—Andrew Moreau, arkansasonline.com, 18 Nov. 2023 Starship has been grounded since its first flight attempt in April ended in a fireball when the rocket started tumbling and was destroyed about 24 miles up.—Christian Davenport, Washington Post, 15 Nov. 2023 While there are many different diamond categories, broadly prices for wholesale polished diamonds have tumbled about 20% this year, firing a more dramatic fall in rough — or uncut — stones that have plunged as much as 35%, with the steepest declines happening though late summer and early autumn.—Thomas Biesheuvel, Fortune, 11 Nov. 2023 The squad’s most visible member was a heavyset defender named Steve McNulty, whom fans called Sumo; a photograph of him jumping for a ball, with his belly tumbling between his shirt and shorts, went mildly viral.—Simon Akam, The New Yorker, 10 Nov. 2023 The prices of the precious metals have tumbled, with rhodium’s price down to one-sixth of its 2021 peak.—Jasmine Cui, NBC News, 5 Nov. 2023 Advertising revenue tumbled 13 percent on audience declines and a soft ad market in the U.S., and to a lesser extent in international markets.—Etan Vlessing, The Hollywood Reporter, 8 Nov. 2023 After its patio tumbled off the edge, the city government bought the house and demolished it.—Daniel A. Gross, The New Yorker, 5 Nov. 2023
Russia’s state media and senior officials were also rattled by the rouble’s tumble into three-digit territory.—Prarthana Prakash, Fortune, 3 Oct. 2023 Biden, who will be turning 81 years old on Nov. 20, has raised some concerns from Democrats that his tumbles could spell trouble for his 2024 reelection chances.—Asher Notheis, Washington Examiner, 9 Nov. 2023 Amid the scrutiny, Hawaiian Electric has seen its share price tumble, plunging over 40% to a 13-year low, on Monday morning following the lawsuit.—Simmone Shah, Time, 15 Aug. 2023 But while analysts from JPMorgan warn the market could be in for a tumble, Morgan Stanley’s Andrew Slimmon believes the Magnificent Seven could push higher yet.—Eleanor Pringle, Fortune, 17 Oct. 2023 From the moment your child takes their first steps, they're bound to take some tumbles.—Stacey Colino, Parents, 20 Sep. 2023 Duxbury takes a big tumble after dropping its opener to Patriot League rival Hanover.—Nate Weitzer, BostonGlobe.com, 10 Sep. 2023 Most importantly, it’s decently made and likely to stand up to the rough and tumble of family life.—Jessica MacDonald, Travel + Leisure, 13 Oct. 2023 Still, the criminal indictment of Mr. Giuliani, his first, marks the lowest point so far in his yearslong reputational tumble.—Dan Barry, New York Times, 15 Aug. 2023 See More
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Middle English, frequentative of tumben to dance, from Old English tumbian; akin to Old High German tūmōn to reel