verb (toppled; toppling) Etymology: frequentative of 2top Date: 1590 intransitive verb to fall from or as if from being top-heavy transitive verb 1. to cause to topple 2. a. overthrow 2 <
topple a dictator
b. defeat 3

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  • topple — UK US /ˈtɒpl/ verb [T] ► to remove a person or organization from a position of power: »This was a secret bid to topple the chairman and take his job. »Their aim was to topple the supermarket giant from its No.1 spot among British retailers …   Financial and business terms

  • topple — [täp′əl] vi. toppled, toppling [< TOP1, v. + LE] 1. to fall (over) because or as if top heavy 2. to lean forward as if on the point of falling; overbalance; totter vt. 1. to cause to topple; overturn …   English World dictionary

  • Topple — Top ple, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Toppled}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Toppling}.] [From {Top} summit.] To fall forward; to pitch or tumble down. [1913 Webster] Though castles topple on their warders heads. Shak. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Topple — Top ple, v. t. To throw down; to overturn. [1913 Webster] He topple crags from the precipice. Longfellow. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • topple — index obliterate, overthrow, overturn, subvert, upset Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • topple — (v.) 1580s, tumble down, earlier to tumble or roll about (1540s), from TOP (Cf. top) (v.) + frequentative suffix le. Related: Toppled; toppling …   Etymology dictionary

  • topple — [v] fall or knock over; overthrow bring down, capsize, collapse, do a pratfall*, fall, falter, founder, go belly up*, go down, hit the dirt*, keel over, knock down, land, lose it*, lurch, nose dive, oust, overbalance, overturn, pitch, plunge,… …   New thesaurus

  • topple — ► VERB ▪ overbalance and fall or push over. ORIGIN from TOP(Cf. ↑topmost) …   English terms dictionary

  • topple — [[t]tɒ̱p(ə)l[/t]] topples, toppling, toppled 1) V ERG If someone or something topples somewhere or if you topple them, they become unsteady or unstable and fall over. [V adv/prep] He just released his hold and toppled slowly backwards... [V n]… …   English dictionary

  • topple —    A category of mass movement processes, associated sediments (topple deposit), or resultant landform characterized by a localized, very rapid type of fall in which large blocks of soil or rock literally fall over, rotating outward over a low… …   Glossary of landform and geologic terms

  • topple — UK [ˈtɒp(ə)l] / US [ˈtɑp(ə)l] verb Word forms topple : present tense I/you/we/they topple he/she/it topples present participle toppling past tense toppled past participle toppled 1) [intransitive/transitive] to stop being steady and fall, or to… …   English dictionary

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