[verb oh-ver-throh; noun oh-ver-throh] /verb ˌoʊ vərˈθroʊ; noun ˈoʊ vərˌθroʊ/

verb (used with object), overthrew, overthrown, overthrowing.
to depose, as from a position of power; overcome, defeat, or vanquish:
to overthrow a tyrant.
to put an end to by force, as a government or institution.
to or knock down; overturn; topple:
The heavy winds overthrew numerous telephone poles and trees.
to knock down and demolish.
to (something) too far.
Baseball. (of a pitcher) to too hard, often affecting control or straining the arm.
Archaic. to destroy the sound condition of (the mind).
verb (used without object), overthrew, overthrown, overthrowing.
to too far:
If I hadn’t overthrown, it would have been a sure putout.
the act of overthrowing; state or condition of being overthrown.
deposition from power.
defeat; destruction; ruin.
verb (ˌəʊvəˈθrəʊ) -throws, -throwing, -threw, -thrown
(transitive) to effect the downfall or destruction of (a ruler, institution, etc), esp by force
(transitive) to throw or turn over
(transitive) to throw (something, esp a ball) too far
noun (ˈəʊvəˌθrəʊ)
an act of overthrowing
downfall; destruction


early 14c., “to knock down,” from over- + throw (v.). Figurative sense of “to cast down from power, defeat” is attested from late 14c. Related: Overthrown; overthrowing. Earlier in same senses was overwerpen “to overturn (something), overthrow; destroy,” from Old English oferweorpan (see warp (v.)).

1510s, “act of overthrowing,” from over- + throw (n.).


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