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    tumble (v)

    Dear teachers,

    Would you be kind enough to give me your considered opinion concerning the interpretation of the verb in bold in the following sentence?

    The appalling truth tumbled from my lips.

    tumble = drop, tear off

    V.
    Last edited by vil; 24-Jul-2011 at 15:30.

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    Re: tumble (v)

    Quote Originally Posted by vil View Post
    Dear teachers,

    Would you be kind enough to give me your considered opinion concerning the interpretation of the verb in bold in the following sentence?

    The appalling truth tumbled from my lips.

    tumble = drop, tear off

    V.
    Not a teacher only a native.

    Dropped would be closer to tumbled than tear off in my opinion. To me tumbled has a clumsiness about it, or a sense of being uncontrolled. For example, 'he tumbled down the stairs.'

    In your example, the appalling truth would have been revealed in a clumsy way.

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