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downward tumble, tumble

Redundancies are words that unnecessarily repeat information. Because tumble means “to fall down,” the modifier downward in the phrase downward tumble is redundant.

  • The dotcom stocks took a tumble (not downward tumble) on the Toronto Stock Exchange after rumours of insider trading.