[verb oh-ver-throh; noun oh-ver-throh]

verb (used with object), o·ver·threw, o·ver·thrown, o·ver·throw·ing.

verb (used without object), o·ver·threw, o·ver·thrown, o·ver·throw·ing.

to throw too far: If I hadn't overthrown, it would have been a sure putout.


Origin of overthrow

Middle English word dating back to 1300–50; see origin at over-, throw
Related formso·ver·throw·er, nounpre·o·ver·throw, nounpre·o·ver·throw, verb (used with object), pre·o·ver·threw, pre·o·ver·thrown, pre·o·ver·throw·ing.un·o·ver·thrown, adjective

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verb (ˌəʊvəˈθrəʊ) -throws, -throwing, -threw or -thrown

(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

noun (ˈəʊvəˌθrəʊ)

an act of overthrowing
downfall; destruction
  1. a ball thrown back too far by a fielder
  2. a run scored because of this
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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.)).


1510s, "act of overthrowing," from over- + throw (n.).

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