Definitions

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  • adjective Being in such bad repair as to seem in danger of collapsing; very dilapidated or rickety.

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  • adjective in disrepair; poorly maintained

Etymologies

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tumble +‎ down

Examples

  • 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.

    The Register

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

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

    Canada

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

    Historic walking trails: smugglers' routes in Cornwall

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

    Fallin’ Up

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

    The Night-Born

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

    Fallin’ Up

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

    Fallin’ Up

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

    Glowing, if Roughed Up

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