top·​ple | \ ˈtä-pəl How to pronounce topple (audio) \
toppled; toppling\ ˈtä-​p(ə-​)liŋ How to pronounce toppling (audio) \

Definition of topple

intransitive verb

: to fall from or as if from being top-heavy

transitive verb

1 : to cause to topple
2a : overthrow sense 2 topple a dictator

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Examples of topple in a Sentence

The strong winds toppled many trees. The earthquake toppled the buildings. The tree toppled into the river. The rebels tried to topple the dictator. The phone company has toppled its local competition.
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Recent Examples on the Web The thought of such a dish toppling into a pile while being lugged around in a clamshell container across town is a depressing one. Soleil Ho,, "Spice of America, the most interesting Indian restaurant in San Francisco, is hiding in plain sight," 6 Sep. 2019 The Nerazzurri had better options in each position than Tuesday's opposition, but as a collective, Inter didn't show any signs as to why they're being tipped as a team who could topple Juventus in Italian football's hierarchy this season., "Inter 1-1 Slavia Praha: Report, Ratings & Reaction as Barella's Late Volley Saves Nerazzurri Blushes," 17 Sep. 2019 Some 775,000 troops have been deployed to Afghanistan since U.S. forces helped topple the Taliban government in Kabul in the weeks following 9/11, the Washington Post estimated last week. Sig Christenson,, "After 18 years, Texas veterans wonder how long U.S. can stay in Afghanistan," 15 Sep. 2019 Later, after Hafez returned to Syria and toppled the ruling government with a group of Ba’athist conspirators in 1963, Cohen, by that point in Syria, reaped the benefits. Alejandro De La Garza, Time, "The True Story Behind the Netflix Series The Spy," 5 Sep. 2019 Rain is dampening the Swan Lake fire, but pilot cars are still being used on the Sterling Highway because of a risk of charred trees toppling in gusty winds, fire managers and emergency managers said Sunday. Michelle Theriault Boots, Anchorage Daily News, "Sterling Highway open with pilot cars as wet, windy weather calms Swan Lake fire spread," 1 Sep. 2019 That has led to speculation that lawmakers could topple the government in a vote of no-confidence. NBC News, "Boris Johnson says U.K must 'turbocharge' preparations for no-deal Brexit," 25 July 2019 In May, the Federal Emergency Management Agency declared that February storms that toppled trees and closed highways in Douglas, Curry, Lane and Coos counties qualified as a disaster. USA TODAY, "Flying goats, chile duel, ’99 Women’s World Cup statue: News from around our 50 states," 12 July 2019 The accident also downed several trees, sending them toppling onto at least nine unoccupied vehicles in a parking lot at the electronics business. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Roads open in National City after train derailment," 2 July 2019

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First Known Use of topple

1590, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

History and Etymology for topple

frequentative of top entry 3

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2 Nov 2019

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The first known use of topple was in 1590

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English Language Learners Definition of topple

: to cause (something) to become unsteady and fall
: to remove (a government or a leader) from power
US : to win a victory over (someone or something) in a war, contest, etc.


top·​ple | \ ˈtä-pəl How to pronounce topple (audio) \
toppled; toppling

Kids Definition of topple

: to fall or cause to fall from an upright position When he pulled a book out, several others toppled to the floor.

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