from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Being in such bad repair as to seem in danger of collapsing; very dilapidated or rickety: a tumbledown shack.

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  • adj. in disrepair; poorly maintained


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tumble +‎ down


  • As well might we speak of a "tumbledown" habit in a row of houses, brought on by locomotives running underneath their foundations.

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  • According to the Telegraph, the "Abbey of Thelema" near the town of Cefalu is on the market for €1. 5m, and for your money you get a "tumbledown" property with some interesting interior decor.

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  • I came upon a small clearing and a tumbledown cabin.

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  • I know it better from experiencing my own reactions, when I get into a tumbledown political fight.


  • And to think I can remember when SoHo was a bunch of tumbledown loft buildings and starving artists.

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  • She was sitting on a stool, with her tumbledown curly black hair, playing her guitar and singing true soul.

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  • All I can say is I have half a dozen poor little tumbledown shacks that petered out at Chapter 7.

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  • Climbing back up the steps and continuing west, we find some tumbledown shacks at the top of the path leading to the slipway.

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  • Think of a straw-bale house and you might imagine a tumbledown shack that leaks, creaks, slumps and smells somewhat of the farmyard.

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  • Splintering crab shacks and tumbledown barns stand next to gated getaways for D.C. lobbyists and Wall Street traders who arrive from Washington or New York via helicopter or Gulfstream jet, drawn by some of the best fishing and hunting on the Eastern Seaboard.

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