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(of a building or other structure) falling or fallen into ruin; dilapidated:‘tumbledown cottages’
dilapidated, ramshackle, crumbling, falling to pieces, disintegrating, decaying, decrepit, broken-down, neglected, run down, in disrepair, uncared-for, badly maintainedruined, in ruins, derelict, gone to rack and ruin, ruinousrickety, shakyshackyrumptyView synonyms
- ‘Princess Grace's three children became owners of the tumbledown cottage after her death.’
- ‘The court sat in a tumbledown building.’
- ‘The number of tumbledown cottages and derelict properties for sale is going down and building costs are going up.’
- ‘A group of security men suddenly emerge from a tumbledown shack, guns thrown over their shoulders as casually as jackets.’
- ‘He bought the tumbledown Villa.’
- ‘I was sick to death of filming green fields and hedgerows and tumbledown barns.’
- ‘These people live in tumbledown shacks which they share with whatever animals they may have.’
- ‘She and her sister Lucy were scrambling up a Ligurian hillside under the broiling Italian sun when they spotted a tumbledown house.’
- ‘After a very short stretch we came to a row of tumbledown shacks.’
- ‘Converting the tumbledown buildings could cost £2 million but he hopes to get help from outside organisations.’
- ‘Once just a set of tumbledown cottages, this is now a retreat centre.’
- ‘The streets are a hodgepodge of cheap housing next to restored buildings, interspersed with tumbledown shacks.’
- ‘Life in the tumbledown bathhouse seems hopelessly anachronistic.’
- ‘The programme will narrate the transformation of a tumbledown church into a striking home with a spectacular interior.’
- ‘In 1957, when the decision to restore them was taken, the tumbledown buildings were in a sorry state.’
- ‘This is more like the backwoods America of popular folklore, all tumbledown shacks and pick - up trucks.’
- ‘They live in tumbledown shacks.’
- ‘Three years ago we also bought an island with a tumbledown house off the Welsh coast.’
- ‘Due for auction on Wednesday, the future of the tumbledown structure now hangs in the balance.’
- ‘Permission to develop the site is not a formality but the presence of tumbledown outbuildings is usually looked upon favourably.’
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