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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. verb
    fall down, as if collapsing
    synonyms: tumble
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    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
  2. verb
    cause to topple or tumble by pushing
    synonyms: tip, tumble
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    type of:
    force, push
    move with force
  3. verb
    cause the downfall of; of rulers
    synonyms: bring down, overthrow, overturn, subvert
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    types:
    revolutionize
    overthrow by a revolution, of governments
    type of:
    depose, force out
    force to leave (an office)
  4. verb
    bring down or defeat (an opponent)
    synonyms: down
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    type of:
    defeat, get the better of, overcome
    win a victory over
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