topple

[top-uhl]
verb (used without object), top·pled, top·pling.
  1. to fall forward, as from having too heavy a top; pitch; tumble down.
  2. to lean over or jut, as if threatening to fall.
verb (used with object), top·pled, top·pling.
  1. to cause to topple.
  2. to overthrow, as from a position of authority: to topple the king.

Origin of topple

1535–45; earlier top to tilt, topple (see tope1) + -le
Related formsun·top·pled, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for topples

topple

verb
  1. to tip over or cause to tip over, esp from a height
  2. (intr) to lean precariously or totter
  3. (tr) to overthrow; oust

Word Origin for topple

C16: frequentative of top 1 (verb)
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Word Origin and History for topples

topple

v.

1580s, "tumble down," earlier "to tumble or roll about" (1540s), from top (v.) + frequentative suffix -le. Related: Toppled; toppling.

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