An act of sexual intercourse.
* John Betjeman, Group Life: Letchworth
- I took a tumble down the stairs and broke my tooth.
* 1979 , Martine, Sexual Astrology (page 219)
- Wouldn't it be jolly now, / To take our Aertex panters off / And have a jolly tumble in / The jolly, jolly sun?
- When you've just had a tumble between the sheets and are feeling rumpled and lazy, she may want to get up so she can make the bed.
* rough and tumble
* take a tumble
* tumble dryer
* give a tumble
(lb) To fall end over end.
*(Robert South) (1634–1716)
*:He who tumbles from a tower surely has a greater blow than he who slides from a molehill.
*:“Heavens!” exclaimed Nina, “the blue-stocking and the fogy!—and yours are'' pale blue, Eileen!—you’re about as self-conscious as Drina—slumping there with your hair tumbling ''à la Mérode! Oh, it's very picturesque, of course, but a straight spine and good grooming is better.”
To perform gymnastics such as somersaults, rolls, and handsprings.
To roll over and over.
*1908 , (Kenneth Grahame), (The Wind in the Willows)
*:The two animals tumbled over each other in their eagerness to get inside, and heard the door shut behind them with great joy and relief.
(lb) To have sexual intercourse.
(lb) To smooth and polish a rough surface on relatively small parts.
To muss, to make disorderly; to tousle or rumple.
* tumble to
To sit with the limbs spread out.
, publisher=Wordsworth Editions
, title=The Man Who Would Be King, and Other Stories
, chapter=Baa Baa, Black Sheep
, pageurl=http://books.google.com/books?id=4cHkHAU7r9kC&pg=PA159&dq=sprawled, sprawls, sprawling, %22to+sprawl%22+-urban&hl=en&ei=OhVOTMSHDciWOPGJgZYD&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=8&ved=0CEkQ6AEwBzhQv=onepage&q=sprawled, sprawls, sprawling, %22to%20sprawl%22%20-urban&f=false
, passage=There was no special place for him or his little affairs, and he was forbidden to sprawl' on sofas and explain his ideas about the manufacture of this world and his hopes for the future. ' Sprawling
was lazy and wore out sofas, and little boys were not expected to talk.}}
, publisher=Down East Enterprises
, author=Louise Dickinson Rich
, title=We Took to the Woods
, chapter=“Do You Get Out Very Often?”
, pageurl=http://books.google.com/books?id=LsDXYtxwxygC&pg=PA314&dq=sprawled, sprawls, sprawling, %22to+sprawl%22+-urban&hl=en&ei=OhVOTMSHDciWOPGJgZYD&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=10&ved=0CFMQ6AEwCThQv=onepage&q=sprawled, sprawls, sprawling, %22to%20sprawl%22%20-urban&f=false
, passage=But most of all I like to sit in the dark with all these hearty souls sprawled' around me on the floor and hear them talk. I am sorry to say that I can never believe that floor-'''sprawling is anything but a pose; I have tried it and it is ''not
comfortable but it looks well in the flickering fire-light, and is in good magazine-story tradition.}}
, publisher=Gallaudet University Press
, author=Thomas S. Spradley, James P. Spradley
, title=Deaf Like Me
, section=Chapter Six
, pageurl=http://books.google.com/books?id=Jhq_4oEbcKcC&pg=PA64&dq=sprawled, sprawls, sprawling, %22to+sprawl%22+-urban&hl=en&ei=SBlOTJbXEqSTOJzI_ZUD&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=2&ved=0CCsQ6AEwAThav=onepage&q=sprawled, sprawls, sprawling, %22to%20sprawl%22%20-urban&f=false
, passage=There were pillows on the floor, a few chairs, and four or five students sprawled
here and there watching a football game.}}
To spread out in a disorderly fashion; to straggle.
, publisher=B. White
, by=Carl Gustav Ekeberg
, author=Johann Reinhold Foster
, title=A Voyage to China and the East Indies, volume 2
, chapter=Birds and Beasts
, volume_plain=A Short Account of the Chinese Husbandry
, passage=The hatched young ones are ?odl to tho?e who breed them up, and the?e try in the following manner whether they are hatched too ?oon or not: they take hold the little ducks by the bill, and their bodies hang down ; if they ?prawl
and extend their feet and wings, they are hatched in due time ; but if they have had too much heat, they hang without any ?truggling.}}
, title=Cross Trails: The Story of One Woman in the North Woods
, pageurl=http://books.google.com/books?id=Ew0CQkAYQkUC&pg=PA116&dq=sprawled, sprawls, sprawling, %22to+sprawl%22+-urban&hl=en&ei=vSdLTN7rJYuqsAbU7MhG&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=1&ved=0CCYQ6AEwADgKv=onepage&q=sprawled, sprawls, sprawling, %22to%20sprawl%22%20-urban&f=false
, passage=A shrewd blow, it caught him off balance, and after one ineffectual stagger he sprawled
backward and lay for a moment staring up in blank surprise}}
, publisher=Greenwood Publishing Group
, author=James H. Hallas
, title=Squandered Victory: the American First Army at St. Mihiel
, chapter=Eyes on Metz
, pageurl=http://books.google.com/books?id=v8CgZ6eJFa8C&pg=PA187&dq=sprawled, sprawls, sprawling, %22to+sprawl%22+-urban&hl=en&ei=-xFOTJiDFY6lsQao_fxO&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=5&ved=0CDoQ6AEwBDgov=onepage&q=sprawled, sprawls, sprawling, %22to%20sprawl%22%20-urban&f=false
, passage=German trucks stood along the road, the drivers dead in the seats or sprawled' on the ground nearby.
, date=October 1
, author=Clive Lindsay
, title=Kilmarnock 1 - 2 St Johnstone
, work=BBC Sport
, passage=Bell sprawled full length to turn a Sandaza drive wide of the far post, but Saints had done enough to inflict Killie's first home defeat of the season.}}
An ungainly sprawling posture.
A straggling, haphazard growth, especially of housing on the edge of a city.
, publisher=JHU Press
, author=Anthony Flint
, title=The Land: The Battle Over Sprawl and the Future of America
, section=Introduction: Developing America
, passage=Getting people to think about the future is difficult. Just ask some of the people who end up being most concerned about sprawl —the millions who move into suburban subdivisions, only to have their dreams of the good life spoiled by maddening traffic and water bans, because millions more moved into the next subdivision over.}}
, author=William H. Whye Jr.
, title=A Plan to Save Vanishing U.S. Countryside
, date=August 17, 1959
, publisher=Time, Inc
, passage=Many of our past difficulties in dealing with sprawl' come from some very mistaken if widely held assumptions. One is that ' sprawl is due to too many people and not enough land.
, author=Terry B. Augur
, title=The Dispersal of Cities—A Feasible Program
, date=October 1948
, magazine=Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists
, publisher=Educational Foundation for Nuclear Science
, passage=He briefly compares the relative merits of providing for that growth by the usual method of urban sprawl and by directing it into suburban satellite communities with the integrity preserved and comes out strongly for the latter method.
* urban sprawl
* Los Angelization