- to fall forward, as from having too heavy a top; pitch; tumble down.
- to lean over or jut, as if threatening to fall.
- to cause to topple.
- to overthrow, as from a position of authority: to topple the king.
Origin of topple
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Examples from the Web for topple
Obama has latched on to the failure of the embargo to topple the Castros as justification to shuffle the deck.Obama’s One Hand Clap With Castro
December 24, 2014
I push down on the pedal with my right leg and instead of propelling myself forward, I topple over sideways.You’re Never ‘Cured’ of an Eating Disorder
December 20, 2014
Others, like the Tehrike e Taliban Pakistan (TTP) vowed to topple the Pakistani state itself.Obama’s Deadly Informants: The Drone Spotters of Pakistan
Umar Farooq, Syed Fakhar Kakakhel
November 12, 2014
President Obama has weighed the options and concluded America does more harm than good when it sets out to topple regimes.The CIA’s Wrong: Arming Rebels Works
October 19, 2014
He could not bring himself to say that he would have opposed the invasion of Iraq to topple Saddam Hussein.How Ted Cruz Trolls Obama’s Foreign Policy
July 29, 2014
It will topple down; it will come to ruin; it will wreck everything.The Manxman
It had only to topple forward in order to plunge down the cañon wall.Out of the Depths
Robert Ames Bennet
He lost his balance, threw up his hands and began to topple.Dwellers in the Hills
Melville Davisson Post
The feather-dustery that had been a monument was about to topple into the weeds.In a Little Town
To have got thus far, and then, by his own action, topple himself down!Five Tales
- to tip over or cause to tip over, esp from a height
- (intr) to lean precariously or totter
- (tr) to overthrow; oust
Word Origin and History for topple
1580s, "tumble down," earlier "to tumble or roll about" (1540s), from top (v.) + frequentative suffix -le. Related: Toppled; toppling.