[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.


Nearby words

  1. overt,
  2. overtake,
  3. overtask,
  4. overtax,
  5. overthink,
  6. overthrust,
  7. overthrust belt,
  8. overtime,
  9. overtire,
  10. overtired

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
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