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overthrow

[verb oh-ver-throh; noun oh-ver-throh]
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verb (used with object), o·ver·threw, o·ver·thrown, o·ver·throw·ing.
  1. to depose, as from a position of power; overcome, defeat, or vanquish: to overthrow a tyrant.
  2. to put an end to by force, as a government or institution.
  3. to throw or knock down; overturn; topple: The heavy winds overthrew numerous telephone poles and trees.
  4. to knock down and demolish.
  5. to throw (something) too far.
  6. Baseball. (of a pitcher) to throw too hard, often affecting control or straining the arm.
  7. Archaic. to destroy the sound condition of (the mind).
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verb (used without object), o·ver·threw, o·ver·thrown, o·ver·throw·ing.
  1. to throw too far: If I hadn't overthrown, it would have been a sure putout.
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noun
  1. the act of overthrowing; state or condition of being overthrown.
  2. deposition from power.
  3. defeat; destruction; ruin.
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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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1. conquer, overpower. 4. destroy, raze, level. 11. fall.
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overthrow

verb (ˌəʊvəˈθrəʊ) -throws, -throwing, -threw or -thrown
  1. (tr) to effect the downfall or destruction of (a ruler, institution, etc), esp by force
  2. (tr) to throw or turn over
  3. (tr) to throw (something, esp a ball) too far
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noun (ˈəʊvəˌθrəʊ)
  1. an act of overthrowing
  2. downfall; destruction
  3. cricket
    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

v.

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.)).

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n.

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

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