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or tum·bril  (tŭm′brəl)
1. A two-wheeled cart, especially a farmer's cart that can be tilted to dump a load.
2. A crude cart used to carry condemned prisoners to their place of execution, as during the French Revolution.

[Middle English tumberell, from Old French tomberel, from tomber, to fall, perhaps of Germanic origin and akin to English tumble.]


A two-wheeled cart used to take condemned prisoners to the guillotine.
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Noun1.tumbril - a farm dumpcart for carrying dungtumbril - a farm dumpcart for carrying dung; carts of this type were used to carry prisoners to the guillotine during the French Revolution
dumpcart - a cart that can be tilted to empty contents without handling
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It is likely enough that in the rough outhouses of some tillers of the heavy lands adjacent to Paris, there were sheltered from the weather that very day, rude carts, bespattered with rustic mire, snuffed about by pigs, and roosted in by poultry, which the Farmer, Death, had already set apart to be his tumbrils of the Revolution.
My friend, I don't care a pinch of snuff for the whole Royal Artillery establishment--officers, men, tumbrils, waggons, horses, guns, and ammunition.
She knew the hour at which the tumbril with those condemned to die passed the windows; and at the first signal would close them and draw the curtain.
The ship in which I sailed, was the first ever known to be driven within sight of that coast, and the king had given strict orders, that if at any time another appeared, it should be taken ashore, and with all its crew and passengers brought in a tumbril to Lorbrulgrud.
After drifting through rooms replete with images of rumpled bed linen, one could almost hear the approach of retributory tumbrils.
Surprised spectacles" is an ostensibly comic trope, but the potential socio-cultural significances that converge on it are almost as dark as those of the "reluctant drops of oils": the cart that is put before the horse will morph into the tumbrils of the Revolution.
I feel like Marie Antoinette listening to the sound of tumbrils clattering across the cobbles.
We might all be in the Conciergerie, waiting to hear the tumbrils.
Fruit So the tumbrils would have been rolling for Wenger had he botched his selection.
Populism is a stiff liquor (Power to the People, Down with the Meritocracy, Into the Tumbrils with the Elitist Media), but in the end it fails to give you useful directions.
NO TUMBRILS have appeared in Paris's Place de la Concorde, but a revolution may be under way in France nonetheless.