work and tumble

variants: or work and flop

Definition of work and tumble

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to print by the work-and-tumble method


adverb (or adjective)
variants: or work-and-flop \ ˈ⸗⸗ˈ⸗ \

Definition of work-and-tumble (Entry 2 of 2)

: with all the pages of a signature imposed in one form so that when the sheet is printed, turned over side for side, backed, and cut two complete copies result

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First Known Use of work and tumble


1903, in the meaning defined above

Adverb (or adjective)

1931, in the meaning defined above

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“Work and tumble.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Oct. 2020.

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