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nounmass nounNZ, Australian, North American
A plant of arid regions which breaks off near the ground in late summer, forming light globular masses which are tumbled about by the wind.
- ‘I could've sworn that I saw tumbleweed blowing across the newly waxed marble floor.’
- ‘A lonely plastic bag made it's way like tumbleweed down the vacant street.’
- ‘They can become ghost towns with the metaphorical tumbleweed bouncing past the shuttered restaurants.’
- ‘She caught a couple of rats and I roasted them over some burning tumbleweed.’
- ‘To soldiers, every broken-down car is a potential bomb; every tumbleweed may disguise an artillery shell set to explode.’
- ‘Her eyes fell on some dried tumbleweed about a mile away, and she half-watched it roll lazily across the desert.’
- ‘Streets devoid of any sign of human life had been taken over by swirling rubbish, rolling through city centres like tumbleweed in an old ghost town.’
- ‘Charles half expected to hear at once sharp cracks of sticks and tumbleweed, to which he would coax himself were just tree squirrels, or other creatures.’
- ‘At some times of day I half expect to see tumbleweed drifting around the sterile, impersonal, weird space that has been falsely created.’
- ‘Is there tumbleweed blowing down the main street.’
- ‘Even tumbleweed can't go on blowing down dusty streets for ever.’
- ‘Alas, when we checked into the virtual village, all we could find was some virtual tumbleweed blowing across the square.’
- ‘Silence reigned but for tumbleweed passing through and then the sound of a far-off wolf howling.’
- ‘Is that tumbleweed I see, billowing past the bar?’
- ‘There wasn't any tumbleweed.’
- ‘He enters the classroom in a blinding heavenly light, to the accompaniment of whistling winds and rolling tumbleweed that usually accompanies Clint Eastwood in a spaghetti western.’
- ‘Had I been in the Wild West, the saloon doors would have swung with an eerie creak; tumbleweed would have blown past.’
- ‘If Australia had tumbleweed, it would be blowing down Olympic Boulevard right now.’
- ‘A tumbleweed floats by.’
- ‘The town looked like any deserted town, all boarded windows with a shutter or two clanging in the wind, various pieces of litter around, and a tumbleweed breezing past.’
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