- to depose, as from a position of power; overcome, defeat, or vanquish: to overthrow a tyrant.
- to put an end to by force, as a government or institution.
- to throw or knock down; overturn; topple: The heavy winds overthrew numerous telephone poles and trees.
- to knock down and demolish.
- to throw (something) too far.
- Baseball. (of a pitcher) to throw too hard, often affecting control or straining the arm.
- Archaic. to destroy the sound condition of (the mind).
- to throw too far: If I hadn't overthrown, it would have been a sure putout.
- the act of overthrowing; state or condition of being overthrown.
- deposition from power.
- defeat; destruction; ruin.
Origin of overthrow
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Examples from the Web for overthrow
Why would the CIA work to overthrow the Ukrainian government?Oliver Stone’s Latest Dictator Suckup
January 5, 2015
Raila Odinga dismissed Kenyatta's claims that he is trying to overthrow the government.Militants ‘Executed Non-Muslims’ at Kenyan World Cup Watch Party
June 16, 2014
Rocket teamed up with the Incredible Hulk to overthrow Judson Jakes, a devious mole.11 Things to Know About Bradley Cooper’s Rocket Raccoon in Guardians of the Galaxy
February 19, 2014
So where do we go with all of this screen money, and is it really likely to overthrow our economic infrastructures anytime soon?Dogecoin, Coinye, & Catcoin: A Dummy’s Guide to Cryptocurrencies
January 19, 2014
All the better for international drug cartels whose capos would rather milk the state than overthrow it.Central America’s New Cold War
November 23, 2013
From the very beginning of the session their overthrow was imminent.The Grand Old Man
Richard B. Cook
To all who hated Church and King, and planned their overthrow.
Active, prayerful, unwearied exertion is needed for its overthrow.The Works of Whittier, Volume VII (of VII)
John Greenleaf Whittier
Yet this vanity may be a mean, perhaps, to overthrow me with this sagacious lady.Clarissa, Volume 3 (of 9)
With the overthrow of Lip-lip, White Fang could have become leader of the pack.White Fang
- (tr) to effect the downfall or destruction of (a ruler, institution, etc), esp by force
- (tr) to throw or turn over
- (tr) to throw (something, esp a ball) too far
- an act of overthrowing
- downfall; destruction
- a ball thrown back too far by a fielder
- a run scored because of this
Word Origin and History for overthrow
early 14c., "to knock down," from over- + throw (v.). Figurative sense of "to cast down from power, defeat" is attested from late 14c. Related: Overthrown; overthrowing. Earlier in same senses was overwerpen "to overturn (something), overthrow; destroy," from Old English oferweorpan (see warp (v.)).