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overthrow

[v. oh-ver-throh; n. oh-ver-throh] /v. ˌoʊ vərˈθroʊ; n. ˈoʊ vərˌθroʊ/
verb (used with object), overthrew, overthrown, overthrowing.
1.
to depose, as from a position of power; overcome, defeat, or vanquish:
to overthrow a tyrant.
2.
to put an end to by force, as a government or institution.
3.
to throw or knock down; overturn; topple:
The heavy winds overthrew numerous telephone poles and trees.
4.
to knock down and demolish.
5.
to throw (something) too far.
6.
Baseball. (of a pitcher) to throw too hard, often affecting control or straining the arm.
7.
Archaic. to destroy the sound condition of (the mind).
verb (used without object), overthrew, overthrown, overthrowing.
8.
to throw too far:
If I hadn't overthrown, it would have been a sure putout.
noun
9.
the act of overthrowing; state or condition of being overthrown.
10.
deposition from power.
11.
defeat; destruction; ruin.
Origin
1300-1350
1300-50; Middle English; see over-, throw
Related forms
overthrower, noun
preoverthrow, noun
preoverthrow, verb (used with object), preoverthrew, preoverthrown, preoverthrowing.
unoverthrown, adjective
Synonyms
1. conquer, overpower. 4. destroy, raze, level. 11. fall.
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British Dictionary definitions for pre-overthrew

overthrow

verb (ˌəʊvəˈθrəʊ) -throws, -throwing, -threw, -thrown
1.
(transitive) to effect the downfall or destruction of (a ruler, institution, etc), esp by force
2.
(transitive) to throw or turn over
3.
(transitive) to throw (something, esp a ball) too far
noun (ˈəʊvəˌθrəʊ)
4.
an act of overthrowing
5.
downfall; destruction
6.
(cricket)
  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 pre-overthrew

overthrow

v.

early 14c., "to knock down," from over- + throw (v.). Figurative sense of "to cast down from power, defeat" is attested from late 14c. Related: Overthrown; overthrowing. Earlier in same senses was overwerpen "to overturn (something), overthrow; destroy," from Old English oferweorpan (see warp (v.)).

n.

1510s, "act of overthrowing," from over- + throw (n.).

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