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tumble

verb [I] uk   /ˈtʌm.bl̩/ us  
to fall quickly and without control: I lost my footing and tumbled down the stairs. At any moment the whole building could tumble down. He lost his balance and tumbled over. to fall a lot in value in a short time: Share prices tumbled yesterday. to move in an uncontrolled way, as if falling or likely to fall: An excited group of children tumbled out of school/the bus.
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tumble

noun [C] uk   /ˈtʌm.bl̩/ us  
a sudden fall: She had a nasty tumble on her way to work and grazed her arm.
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