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topple

[top-uh l] /ˈtɒp əl/
verb (used without object), toppled, toppling.
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), toppled, toppling.
3.
to cause to topple.
4.
to overthrow, as from a position of authority:
to topple the king.
Origin
1535-1545
1535-45; earlier top to tilt, topple (see tope1) + -le
Related forms
untoppled, adjective
Synonyms
4. defeat, vanquish, overcome, overpower.
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topple

/ˈtɒpəl/
verb
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)
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Word Origin and History for top-pled

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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