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topple (ˈtɒpəl Pronunciation for topple



  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'

"The desire is not to strike or topple the present government.
India Today (1996)
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
Sharpe had rammed his sword forward to hamstring the Frenchman's leg, now he kicked at the crippling wound to topple the huge man sideways.
Cornwell, Bernard Sharpe's Waterloo
The Prime Minister was perfectly justified to feel aggrieved by the countless attempts of Paul Martin's followers to topple him.
Globe and Mail (2003)
Their questionable practices helped to cause many good companies to topple in the downturn's aftermath.
Irish Times (2002)


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