- 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 topples
She topples to the ground (improbable) as the couple makes a hasty getaway, apologizing as they flee.The Pepsi Max Super Bowl Ad and the Myth of Angry Black Women
February 11, 2011
One that topples the top-down approach and engenders collaboration among companies, countries, and communities.A New Blueprint for Innovation
January 27, 2011
The best headline of the day, however, came from France's L'Equipe: "Switzerland Topples a Mountain!"World Cup Primer
June 12, 2010
The stock will go up, up, up, till it topples over on the lambs.Halsey & Co.
H. K. Shackleford
We set her up, like she wants, and then she topples down and hollers.The Incubator Baby
Ellis Parker Butler
When she rings in the morning she topples off and lands on the blankets.The Circus, and Other Essays and Fugitive Pieces
Brandolin topples him over on the grass and hoists him up on his own shoulders.A House-Party
This, as it approaches the shore, straightens up to the wall-fronted form, and then topples upon the land.Outlines of the Earth's History
Nathaniel Southgate Shaler
- 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 topples
1580s, "tumble down," earlier "to tumble or roll about" (1540s), from top (v.) + frequentative suffix -le. Related: Toppled; toppling.