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    What is "tumbled on break"?

    Hi, teachers!

    May I know what "tumbled on a break" means in this sentence?

    "The horse could run very fast before it tumbled on a break and shattered its hoof."

    Does it mean "fell down"?

    Thank you.

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    #2

    Re: What is "tumbled on break"?

    That is my guess.

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    #3

    Re: What is "tumbled on break"?

    Where did you read this, Antonia? I've no idea what a 'break' means here.

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    Re: What is "tumbled on break"?

    "Tumbled" is clear, but I'm not sure what the "break" is. It could be he was trying to "make his break" (from the pack) during a race.

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    #5

    Re: What is "tumbled on break"?

    In AmE, 'break' is sometimes used to mean a short period of excessive speed.

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    Re: What is "tumbled on break"?

    I think it should be 'tumbled on a brick', but I am not a teacher.

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    Re: What is "tumbled on break"?

    Quote Originally Posted by Matthew Wai View Post
    I think it should be 'tumbled on a brick',
    You trip or stumble on/over obstacles, not tumble on them.
    Last edited by Piscean; 10-Aug-2015 at 18:58. Reason: format fixed

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    Re: What is "tumbled on break"?

    I'm still waiting for Antonia to answer my question.

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