topple

To topple something is to knock it down. A house of cards can be toppled — so can a government.

Things can topple in several ways. If a building collapses or falls down for any reason, it topples. If you knocked over another student, you toppled that person. Governments that are overthrown are also said to be toppled. When you see the word topple, someone or something is going down.

Definitions of topple
1

v fall down, as if collapsing

Synonyms:
tumble
Types:
keel over
turn over and fall
Type of:
come down, descend, fall, go down
move downward and lower, but not necessarily all the way

v cause to topple or tumble by pushing

Synonyms:
tip, tumble
Type of:
force, push
move with force, "He pushed the table into a corner"

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