take a tumble

take a tumble
to deliberately lose a boxing match or other contest. Expressions in use since the inter-war years, originating in the USA.

Contemporary slang . 2014.

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  • take a tumble to oneself — (informal) To assess one s situation critically and improve it • • • Main Entry: ↑tumble …   Useful english dictionary

  • take a tumble — verb a) To fall off something, or down something. Prince Charles spent the night in the hospital after he took a tumble off his horse yesterday while playing polo and briefly lost consciousness. b) To fall in price or value. Acme Industries… …   Wiktionary

  • tumble — tum‧ble [ˈtʌmbl] verb [intransitive] JOURNALISM if prices, figures etc tumble, they go down suddenly and by a large amount: • Stock market prices have tumbled over the past week. tumble noun [countable usually singular] : • The announcement… …   Financial and business terms

  • tumble — [c]/ˈtʌmbəl / (say tumbuhl) verb (tumbled, tumbling) –verb (i) 1. to roll or fall over or down as by losing footing, support, or equilibrium: to tumble down the stairs. 2. to fall rapidly, as stock market prices. 3. to perform leaps, springs,… …  

  • tumble — I n. (colloq.) fall 1) to take a tumble 2) a bad, nasty tumble (she took a nasty tumble) 3) a tumble from sign of recognition 4) to give smb. a tumble (they wouldn t give us a tumble) II v. 1) (d; intr.) to tumble into (to tumble into bed) 2) (d; …   Combinatory dictionary

  • tumble — /tum beuhl/, v., tumbled, tumbling, n. v.i. 1. to fall helplessly down, end over end, as by losing one s footing, support, or equilibrium; plunge headlong: to tumble down the stairs. 2. to roll end over end, as in falling: The stones tumbled down …   Universalium

  • tumble — I UK [ˈtʌmb(ə)l] / US verb [intransitive] Word forms tumble : present tense I/you/we/they tumble he/she/it tumbles present participle tumbling past tense tumbled past participle tumbled 1) if a price or value tumbles, it suddenly becomes much… …   English dictionary

  • tumble — tum|ble1 [ tʌmbl ] verb intransitive 1. ) if a price or value tumbles, it suddenly becomes much lower: Unemployment tumbled to 5.6% in November. 2. ) if a building or other structure tumbles or tumbles down, it falls to the ground: It seemed that …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • tumble — tum|ble1 [ˈtʌmbəl] v [Date: 1200 1300; Origin: tumb [i] to dance, perform as a tumbler (11 14 centuries), from Old English tumbian] 1.) [always + adverb/preposition] to fall down quickly and suddenly, especially with a rolling movement tumble… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • tumble — n 1. an act of sexual intercourse. This fairly inoffensive expression is often elaborated to tumble in the hay . 2. British an attempt, try. In working class usage give it a tumble is the equiv alent of give it a whirl (the Australian expression… …   Contemporary slang

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