topple

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From top +‎ -le (frequentative verb suffix).

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topple (third-person singular simple present topples, present participle toppling, simple past and past participle toppled)

  1. (transitive) To push, throw over, overturn or overthrow something.
    The massed crowds toppled the statue of the former dictator.
    topple one's rival
    • 2008, BioWare, Mass Effect, Redwood City: Electronic Arts, →ISBN, OCLC 246633669, PC, scene: Citadel:
      Barla Von: Most people think I deal in finances, but my real currency is knowledge. I trade information and it has made me very wealthy.
      Barla Von: But the Shadow Broker is the true master. Every day, he buys and sells secrets that could topple governments, always giving them to the highest bidder.
  2. (intransitive) To totter and fall, or to lean as if about to do so.
    The pile of pennies began to topple.

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