from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Ready to fall; dilapidated; ruinous.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- In a falling state; dilapidated; decayed; ruinous.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. in deplorable condition
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At the base of the knolls he encountered a tumble-down stake-and-rider fence.
She hears laughter from children who chase monarchs across the milkweed pasture beyond the tumble-down fence.
Millions of slovenly tenants in tumble-down council houses became proud home-owners.
Somewhere on the Yukon mainland she found a tumble-down cabin with the skeletons of eight horses tethered to a tree and a quarter-million dollars of placer gold in moosehide sacks.
Those lumps and bumps you see may be spoil heaps or a tumble-down settlement.
I was about frozen, though, when I spotted lights to starboard after about twenty minutes, and swerved away to find a tumble-down little village, populated by the usual half-human peasants.
Seeing a tumble-down shack a short distance from the road, they raced toward it.
It proved to be a sort of yard behind a pair of open double gates, a place with an oily, earthen floor and a tumble-down shed at one end of it.
At the far end is an old, tumble-down summer-house.
'They're stuffed down a well belonging to an old tumble-down shack on a lane between here and Middlecombe Woods,' said Julian.