topple

[top-uhl]
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:
1535–45; earlier top to tilt, topple (see tope1) + -le

untoppled, adjective


4. defeat, vanquish, overcome, overpower.
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topple (ˈtɒpəl)
 
vb
1.  to tip over or cause to tip over, esp from a height
2.  (intr) to lean precariously or totter
3.  (tr) to overthrow; oust
 
[C16: frequentative of top1 (verb)]

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Word Origin & History

topple
1590, "tumble down," earlier "to tumble or roll about" (1542), from a verb derived from top (1) + freq. suffix -le.
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Example sentences
During spells of heavy rain and strong winds, large trees may even topple.
Mature trees topple, taking building chunks with them.
It looks as if it would take little more than a strong breeze or a good push to
  topple some of their more prominent features.
Now a new finding may topple another pillar of the theory.
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