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1 [no object] (typically of a person) fall suddenly, clumsily, or headlong:she pitched forward, tumbling down the remaining stairs move or rush in a headlong or uncontrolled way:police and dogs tumbled from the vehicle (of something abstract) fall rapidly in amount or value:property prices tumbled [with object] rumple; disarrange: (as adjective tumbled)his tumbled bedclothes [with object] informal have sexual intercourse with (someone). 2 [no object] British
) informal understand the meaning or hidden implication of (a situation):she tumbled to our scam
3 [no object] perform acrobatic or gymnastic exercises, typically handsprings and somersaults in the air. (of tumbler pigeons) repeatedly turn over backward in flight. 4 [with object] clean (castings, gemstones, etc.) in a tumbling barrel.
1a sudden or headlong fall:I took a tumble in the nettles a rapid fall in amount or value:a tumble in share prices an untidy or confused arrangement or state:her hair was a tumble of untamed curls informal an act of sexual intercourse. a handspring, somersault in the air, or other acrobatic feat. 2US informal a friendly sign of recognition, acknowledgment, or interest:not a soul gave him a tumble