tr.v. o·ver·threw (-thr), o·ver·thrown (-thrōn), o·ver·throw·ing, o·ver·throws
1. To bring about the downfall, destruction, or ending of, especially by force or concerted action: a plot to overthrow the government.
2. Sports To throw a ball or other object over and beyond (an intended target): The infielder overthrew first base.
3. To throw or push over; overturn: overthrew the table.
1. An instance of overthrowing, especially one that results in downfall or destruction.
2. Sports The throwing of a ball over and beyond a target, especially in baseball.
Synonyms: overthrow, overturn, subvert, topple, upset
These verbs mean to cause the downfall, destruction, abolition, or undoing of: overthrow an empire; overturn existing institutions; subverting civil order; toppled the government; upset all our plans.
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