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topple

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verb top·ple \ˈtä-pəl\

Simple Definition of topple

  • : to cause (something) to become unsteady and fall

  • : to remove (a government or a leader) from power

  • : to win a victory over (someone or something) in a war, contest, etc.

Full Definition of topple

top·pledtop·pling play \-p(ə-)liŋ\

  1. intransitive verb
  2. :  to fall from or as if from being top-heavy

  3. transitive verb
  4. 1 :  to cause to topple

  5. 2a :  overthrow 2 <topple a dictator>b :  defeat 3

Examples of topple

  1. The strong winds toppled many trees.

  2. The earthquake toppled the buildings.

  3. The tree toppled into the river.

  4. The rebels tried to topple the dictator.

  5. The phone company has toppled its local competition.



Origin of topple

frequentative of 2top


First Known Use: 1590

Rhymes with topple



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