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
A throw, a lob, of a ball etc., with an initial upward direction, particularly with a lack of care.
(cricket, football) The toss of a coin before a cricket match in order to decide who bats first, or before a football match in order to decide the direction of play.
(British, slang) A jot, in the phrase 'give a toss'.
- I couldn't give a toss about her.
* argue the toss
To throw with an initial upward direction.
To lift with a sudden or violent motion.
- Toss it over here!
- to toss the head
To agitate; to make restless.
- He tossed his arm aloft, and proudly told me, / He would not stay.
To subject to trials; to harass.
- Calm region once, / And full of peace, now tossed and turbulent.
To flip a coin, to decide a point of contention.
- Whom devils fly, thus is he tossed of men.
To discard: to toss out
- I'll toss you for it.
To stir or mix (a salad).
- ''I don't need it anymore, you can just toss it.
(British, vulgar, slang) To masturbate
(informal) To search (a room or a cell), sometimes leaving visible disorder, as for valuables or evidence of a crime.
- to toss''' a salad; a '''tossed salad.
* 2003 , Joseph Wambaugh, Fire Lover , p. 258:
- "Someone tossed just his living room and bedroom." / "They probably found what they were looking for."
* 2009 , , Red Dragon :
- John Orr had occasion to complain in writing to the senior supervisor that his Playboy and Penthouse magazines had been stolen by deputies. And he believed that was what prompted a random search of his cell for contraband. He was stripped, handcuffed, and forced to watch as they tossed his cell .
* 2011 , Linda Howard, Kill and Tell: A Novel :
- Rankin and Willingham, when they tossed his cell , they took Polaroids so they could get everything back in place.
To roll and tumble; to be in violent commotion.
- Hayes had watched him toss a room before. He had tapped walls, gotten down on his hands and knees and studied the floor, inspected books and lamps and bric-abrac.
To be tossed, as a fleet on the ocean.
- tossing and turning in bed, unable to sleep
(obsolete) To keep in play; to tumble over.
- to spend four years in tossing the rules of grammar
To peak (the oars), to lift them from the rowlocks and hold them perpendicularly, the handle resting on the bottom of the boat.
* toss off
* toss in
* toss and turn