rumble

I. n
a fight, especially a planned streetfight or brawl involving gangs. An American expression used by teenage neighbour-hood gangs since the 1950s, the word has subsequently been picked up in other English-speaking areas. rumble2 vb
1.
to fight. The word, like the noun form, originated in the slang of American urban gangs of the 1950s. It has since been appropriated and generalised by other adolescents in the USA, UK and Australia.
► 'If you wanna stop us then you'll have to come and rumble us.' (The Firm, British TV play, 1989)
2.
British
to uncover (a deception), to be disabused. Now a fairly widespread colloquialism, rumble, like 'tumble', in this sense originated in the 19th century.
Rumble probably derives from the archaic 'romboyle', meaning to search for a wanted fugitive or suspect (a 17th-century term of unknown origin).
► We better get out of here - we've been rumbled.

Contemporary slang . 2014.

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