- 1Overbalance or cause to overbalance and fall: [no object, with adverbial of direction]: she toppled over when I touched her [with object]: the push almost toppled him to the groundMore example sentences
- While doing so he overbalanced, toppling 22 feet to the ground below.
- I managed to sit down a little heavily into a canvas director's chair, causing me to overbalance and topple over backward.
- It is broken and caused my wheelchair to topple over backwards.
- 1.1 [with object] Remove (a government or person in authority) from power; overthrow: disagreement had threatened to topple the governmentMore example sentences
- This gave the military a veto over the cabinet, and the power to topple governments.
- Does it then follow that we ought to endeavor to topple authoritarian governments, in order to secure peace?
- It has shown mass action from below can topple governments and inflict a defeat on big business policies.
mid 16th century (in the sense 'tumble about'): frequentative of top1.