Hi everyone is there a common way to express an uncontrolled fall, when the body goes flipping on it self before crashing. like in diving for example so that the question wouldn't be restricted starting 18 and above haha.

anyway thanks for your help.

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    – Dan Bron
    Sep 20, 2016 at 22:28

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I'd like to suggest, "He fell head over heels from the top of the stairs all the way down to the bottom".

Head over heels: Turning over completely in forward motion, as in a somersault (Google online).

  • @habibhassani And to satisfy the OP's requirement for something a little bit more colorful, may I suggest that he fell "arse-over-elbow", as in falling over in a dramatic fashion. Since my spellcheck objects to "arse", I think this slang expression is BE rather than AE. Sep 21, 2016 at 0:55
  • It gets more colourful, 'arse over tit' is a common variant. (ps 'heals'?)
    – Spagirl
    Sep 21, 2016 at 1:04
  • @Spagirl Quite so! I missed your more colourful variant the first time round. How clever you are. Evidently you are not a booby! Sep 21, 2016 at 1:40
  • I should add that the word "booby" crept back into the lexicon when my hero, Dr. Zachary Smith, the dastardly character in TV's Lost in Space, kept chiding his nemesis, the loquacious robot, with the put down, "You big booby!" Sep 21, 2016 at 1:56
  • @PeterPoint You're up to your old tricks. Sep 21, 2016 at 2:23

Hurtle [or hurtling] is a good word for this.

hurtle: move or cause to move at a great speed, typically in a wildly uncontrolled manner


"After he fell off the building, he hurtled toward the ground."

"The damaged plane hurtled though the sky to its demise."

  • thank's but this kind of point out the speed while i need to indicate the rotating movement. Sep 21, 2016 at 13:10
  • @habibhassani Okay. I think hurtling can include rotating (see wildly uncontrolled manner), I agree it doesn't have to. Thanks for the feedback. Sep 21, 2016 at 14:03

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