Toppling

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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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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