When you overthrow a ruler or a regime, you throw them out, usually by force. If you're a rebel you may plan to overthrow the current government and install a new regime.

You can also use overthrow as a noun. You might plot to overthrow the parking ticket authority so that you won't have to pay your tickets. There are also more literal uses of the word. In baseball, football, and other games that involve throwing a ball, you overthrow when you throw the ball past the person you're aiming for. You can say "the pitcher overthrew the ball to the first baseman," or "the pitcher overthrew the first baseman."

Definitions of overthrow
  1. verb
    rule against
    synonyms: override, overrule, overturn, reverse
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    type of:
    decree, rule
    decide with authority
  2. verb
    cause the downfall of; of rulers
    “The Czar was overthrown
    synonyms: bring down, overturn, subvert, topple
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    overthrow by a revolution, of governments
    type of:
    depose, force out
    force to leave (an office)
  3. noun
    the termination of a ruler or institution (especially by force)
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    subversion, subversive activity
    the act of subverting; as overthrowing or destroying a legally constituted government
    type of:
    conclusion, ending, termination
    the act of ending something
  4. noun
    the act of disturbing the mind or body
    “she was unprepared for this sudden overthrow of their normal way of living”
    synonyms: derangement, upset
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    type of:
    the act of disturbing something or someone; setting something in motion
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