tumble-down


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tum′ble-down`



adj.
dilapidated; ruined; run-down.
[1810–20]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.tumble-down - in deplorable conditiontumble-down - in deplorable condition; "a street of bedraggled tenements"; "a broken-down fence"; "a ramshackle old pier"; "a tumble-down shack"
damaged - harmed or injured or spoiled; "I won't buy damaged goods"; "the storm left a wake of badly damaged buildings"
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The two, with half a dozen thin-legged children, lived in a tumble-down frame house beside a creek at the back end of the Wills farm where Ray was employed.
The old woman said, 'If you would help yourselves, one of you must go into the wood, and there he will come upon a tumble-down building of rocks which looks like a little house.
The furniture could not have been much simpler: a very old chair, a rickety old bed, and a tumble-down table.
At the end of the lane was the blue glimmer of the river; to the left, standing in front of a clump of oaks and maples, he saw a long tumble-down house with white paint peeling from its clapboards.
It was very picturesque and tumble-down, and dirty and interesting.
That he had great hoards of ill-gotten gold buried somewhere about his tumble-down dwelling was not reasonably to be doubted by any honest soul conversant with the facts of local tradition and gifted with a sense of the fitness of things.