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rumble

verb uk   /ˈrʌm.bl̩/ us  

rumble verb (SOUND)

[I] to make a continuous low sound: Please excuse my stomach rumbling - I haven't eaten all day. The tanks rumbled (= moved slowly, making a continuous noise) across the battlefield.

rumble verb (DISCOVER)

[T usually passive] UK informal to discover the true facts about someone or something secret and often illegal: I'm afraid our little tax dodge has been rumbled.

rumble verb (FIGHT)

[I] Australian English informal to take part in a physical fight
rumble
noun [C] uk   us  
We could hear the rumble of distant guns/thunder.
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