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- (transitive or intransitive) To turn over, capsize or upset.
- 1962 October, “Talking of Trains: The collisions at Connington”, in Modern Railways, page 232:
- About three or four minutes later still an express freight on the up main line ran into the wreckage at about 35 m.p.h. Its engine also overturned and 15 more wagons were added to the mounting pile of wreckage.
- (transitive) To overthrow or destroy.
- (law, transitive) To reverse (a decision); to overrule or rescind.
- (transitive) To diminish the significance of a previous defeat by winning; to make a comeback from.
- 2017 March 14, Stuart James, “Leicester stun Sevilla to reach last eight after Kasper Schmeichel save”, in the Guardian:
- There were so many heroes for Leicester on an evening when they played with tremendous courage and belief to overturn the 2-1 deficit from the first leg, yet it was hard to look beyond Kasper Schmeichel for the game’s outstanding performer.
- 2011 April 10, Alistair Magowan, “Aston Villa 1 - 0 Newcastle”, in BBC Sport:
- Villa spent most of the second period probing from wide areas and had a succession of corners but despite their profligacy they will be glad to overturn the 6-0 hammering they suffered at St James' Park in August following former boss Martin O'Neill's departure
- (intransitive) Of a body of water: to undergo a limnic eruption, where dissolved gas suddenly erupts from the depths.
to turn over, capsize
legal: to reverse, overrule
overturn (plural overturns)
- A turning over or upside-down; inversion.
- The overturning or overthrow of some institution or state of affairs; ruin.