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topple  (ˈtɒpəl



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

Word Origin

C16: frequentative of top1 (verb)


View thesaurus entry
= fall over, fall, collapse, tumble, overturn, capsize, totter, tip over, keel over, overbalance, fall headlong
= knock over, upset, knock down, tip over
= overthrow, overturn, bring down, oust, unseat, bring low

Translations for 'topple'

  • British English: topple If someone or something topples somewhere or if you topple them, they become unsteady or unstable and fall over. VERBHe just released his hold and toppled slowly backwards.
  • Brazilian Portuguese: derrubar
  • Chinese: 倒下
  • European Spanish: volcar
  • French: tomber
  • German: stürzen
  • Italian: far cadere
  • Japanese: ぐらつかせる/ぐらつく
  • Korean: 쓰러지다
  • Portuguese: derrubar
  • Spanish: volcar

Example Sentences Including 'topple'

He understood a witness's balance, or lack of it: he could topple a case with a question.
Lewis, Roy A Trout in the Milk
I had heard rumours that Laudwine had discovered something, something that could topple the Farseers from power.
Robin Hobb THE GOLDEN FOOL: Book Two of the Tawny Man (2002)
One street further on they came to a row of houses so steeply perched that they looked as if they were about to topple over.
Thomas, Rosie The White Dove


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