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Meaning of overthrow

o•ver•throw

Pronunciation: (v.ō"vur-thrō'n.ō'vur-thrō"), [key]
— v., n. -threw, -thrown, -throw•ing,
—v.t.
  1. to depose, as from a position of power; overcome, defeat, or vanquish: to overthrow a tyrant.
  2. to put an end to by force, as a government or institution.
  3. to throw or knock down; overturn; topple: The heavy winds overthrew numerous telephone poles and trees.
  4. to knock down and demolish.
  5. to throw (something) too far.
  6. (of a pitcher) to throw too hard, often affecting control or straining the arm.
  7. to destroy the sound condition of (the mind).
—v.i.
  1. to throw too far: If I hadn't overthrown, it would have been a sure putout.
—n.
  1. the act of overthrowing; state or condition of being overthrown.
  2. deposition from power.
  3. defeat; destruction; ruin.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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