Definition of overthrow in English:

overthrow

verb

[WITH OBJECT]
  • 1Remove forcibly from power.

    ‘military coups which had attempted to overthrow the King’
    • ‘Once she has been turned, she will have the power to overthrow Queen Andromache, and she will come forth as the new Queen of our race.’
    • ‘By February 1917 revolution overthrew the Russian Tsar and brought the working class to power, led by the Bolsheviks in October.’
    • ‘For instance, overthrowing the dictator obviously removed him as a threat.’
    • ‘During the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries increasingly smaller oligarchies came to power in the Swiss cantons but were overthrown in 1798 in the wake of the French Revolution.’
    • ‘When he did, it conspired with France and Israel to attack Egypt in a failed attempt to overthrow him.’
    • ‘Soon, we had enough power to totally overthrow the System.’
    • ‘In a secret alliance with the Guild of Commerce, the two powers overthrew the other Guilds and left the refugees to scatter across the continent.’
    • ‘She also stressed the role of people power in overthrowing two former dictators in the Philippines in the last 15 years.’
    • ‘When the powers that be were overthrown, the rebels took their vengeance out on the Jews, whom they saw as collaborators with the former regime.’
    • ‘One who's leader simply wanted to overthrow the Emperor for power.’
    • ‘In Japan the supreme warlord or Shogun, who had capitulated to the western powers, was overthrown and the Meiji Emperor restored to full authority in 1868.’
    • ‘There used to be that question asking whether you planned to subvert the constitution, overthrow the Federal Government or whatever.’
    • ‘The power to overthrow Tarak might not be found for some time.’
    • ‘He bequeathed power to his third wife Isabel, but she was overthrown by another military coup in 1976.’
    • ‘The leaders, the kings of Saudi Arabia, were worried that if they let the clerics get more power behind the scenes, then they could be overthrown in the same way the Shah was in Iran.’
    • ‘Didn't you just say a military general who comes to power by forcibly overthrowing the legitimate government of a nation is an illegitimate leader?’
    • ‘Spain and Portugal lost most of their colonies - some falling to rival European powers, but most overthrown by revolution among their settler-descended populations.’
    • ‘The Venezuelan president has often said the United States supports opposition attempts to overthrow him.’
    • ‘Consequently, the invocation of self-determination, as the means to justify overthrowing an alien governing power, was traditionally considered to be a political, as opposed to a legal, tool.’
    • ‘All are nations blessed with vast mineral wealth but suffering from ongoing attempts to overthrow their internationally recognized governments.’
    remove, remove from office, remove from power, bring down, bring about the downfall of, topple, bring low, undo, depose, oust, displace, supplant, unseat, subvert, dethrone, disestablish, dissolve
    put an end to, defeat, conquer, displace, break up, subvert, annihilate, dissolve
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    1. 1.1Put an end to (something) by the use of force.
      ‘their subversive activities are calculated to overthrow parliamentary democracy’
      • ‘They would create some kind of great force that would overthrow the old order.’
      • ‘These conflicts must not be overlooked, for we are confronted by powerful forces eager to overthrow the basic premises of the Enlightenment.’
      • ‘And they are about overthrowing dictatorships and expanding democracy and so forth.’
      • ‘The classic Newtonian view of gravity as a simple force between objects was overthrown by Einstein's vision of gravity as the result of objects warping space and time.’
      • ‘With the power gone the large military force easily overthrew the small base, reaping it of all life.’
      • ‘The task was redefined, increasingly explicitly, as that of overthrowing the forces of evil.’
      • ‘The Taoiseach flouted his constitutional duty and lined-up with other Governments against the Irish people order to overthrow last year's democratic referendum result.’
      • ‘The mainstream left have forgotten the need to overthrow tyranny and build democracy.’
      • ‘You also know that the South African regime was overthrown by massive shifts in internal and external forces.’
      • ‘I didn't think it was a good moment to tell him I was in a band called ‘Fight for Justice’ and we were planning to use the power of punk to overthrow the Tory junta.’
      • ‘The rebels are fighting to overthrow Nepal's constitutional monarchy and parliamentary democracy in favor of a communist republic.’
      • ‘The millions who overthrew the ancient régime, and were then forced to build monuments to their own revolutionary past.’
      • ‘After all these people claim to be revolutionaries committed to overthrowing parliamentary democracy, by violent means if necessary.’
      • ‘On the twenty-eighth the departmental authorities overrode municipal objections and called them to arms, and the next day this force stormed the town hall and overthrew the Jacobin commune.’
      • ‘Nonetheless, the ruling overthrew the agreed ownership composition and forced the joint taskforce to postpone its work on the car project, he said.’
      • ‘In 1953 a relatively democratic and secular regime was overthrown by a CIA backed coup, leading to the repressive absolute rule by the Shah.’
      • ‘The reality is that any corrupt regime overthrown by moral and rational forces would immediately be targeted for destruction.’
      • ‘When Zimbabwe became independent in 1980, it pointed the way for South Africa to overthrow apartheid and establish a multi-racial democracy.’
      • ‘Nor is there any evidence that the movement seeks to overthrow democracy.’
      • ‘It is the day that Nazi rule was overthrown and long-term and stable democracy established across Europe.’
    2. 1.2archaic Knock or throw to the ground.
      ‘one who is already prostrate cannot be overthrown’
      • ‘There, in each pediment, were figures engaged in combat — some overthrown and prostrate — others sinking to their knees, and covering their heads with their shields.’
  • 2Throw (a ball) further than the intended distance.

    ‘he grips the ball too tight and overthrows it’
    • ‘When he overthrows and his pitches flatten out, he falls off the mound and gives up home runs.’
    • ‘When he has fallen behind hitters, he has overthrown, trying to blow his fastball past hitters.’
    • ‘It is a stirring, brutal tale of conspiracy and intrigue, treachery and dissent, the overthrow of a hapless leader named Duncan.’
    • ‘He is best when he keeps the ball down; overthrowing and muscling up usually result in more high, hitable pitches.’
    • ‘He doesn't throw particularly hard, and when he overthrows, he loses command.’
    • ‘It's not surprising then, that the first play of the 2003 season was a deep ball for the speedy wide receiver that was just overthrown.’
    • ‘He was overthrowing, keeping the ball up, trying too hard to win every game.’
    • ‘By the time he reached the fifth inning in one of his recent starts, he overthrew seriously with dropping arm speed and tanked quickly.’
    • ‘If properly timed, these throws can quickly get a ball to a baseman to make a play; if it isn't, however, the ball will most likely be overthrown, missing cutoff men entirely along with its target.’
    • ‘He has a blazing fastball and a dynamic slider, but he must overcome the tendency to overthrow and cut down on his pitch counts.’
    • ‘He is overthrowing, which is causing his sinker to flatten out.’
    • ‘A fastball, if not overthrown, is much easier on a pitcher's arm than a curveball or a splitter.’
    1. 2.1North American Throw a ball beyond (a receiving player)
      ‘Dodge overthrew a receiver in the end zone’
      • ‘His performance has been steady, but he also has overthrown several open receivers on plays that should have gone for touchdowns.’
      • ‘He was trying to get the ball to tight end Charlie Young, but he overthrew him.’

noun

  • 1[in singular] A removal from power.

    ‘plotting the overthrow of the government’
    • ‘This is perhaps because so much of academic thought in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries related to the reform or even the overthrow of capitalism, of the free market and of the private enterprise system.’
    • ‘A violent act by a slave against a white person could never be just that; it always carried with it the implicit threat of slave rebellion and the overthrow of white power.’
    • ‘There was only one problem: just as America was about to assume global leadership, the overthrow of world capitalism had been announced in the form of the Russian Revolution.’
    • ‘They are alienated, in the Marxist sense, from the product of their labours and this cannot be changed without revolutionary upheaval and the overthrow of capitalism.’
    • ‘They are charged with plotting the overthrow of the Egyptian government and of attempting to damage Egyptian security.’
    • ‘In these circumstances the demand for Maori tribes or iwi to be given control over such an important resource as the foreshore and seabed can only be progressive if it matched with a demand for the overthrow of capitalism.’
    • ‘They used their electronic brains to plot the overthrow of humankind, and carried it out with the supercharged bodies they had been given by their human masters who were now slaves.’
    • ‘The occasion being evoked: a fundamental, revolutionary change, announcing not only the overthrow of the old regime, but the birth of a new state.’
    • ‘Although he sought the overthrow of the US Government, his tactics and power base were much larger.’
    • ‘The media coverage has portrayed this as a ‘velvet revolution’ - the overthrow of a corrupt leader who defrauded an election to retain power.’
    • ‘And the overthrow of the government my papa had given his power to by a group of hateful men only made things worse.’
    • ‘Plotting the overthrow of any foreign government became a crime.’
    • ‘Its central theme is the struggle between love and power, the overthrow of a world gripped by greed and oppression, and its replacement by one ruled by freedom and benevolence.’
    • ‘It had acquired military and political power because of its role in the overthrow of the Nazi regime.’
    • ‘It happened on the anniversary of the Egyptian revolution, the overthrow of the monarchy, so that's perhaps some significance to be drawn there.’
    • ‘Riots, revolutions and the overthrow of rulers, keep everyone on their toes!’
    • ‘Early last century, the Bolshevik was plotting the overthrow of capitalism.’
    • ‘Such wholesale disobedience constitutes revolution or rebellion; the overthrow of a country's entire legal and governmental system.’
    • ‘Plotting the overthrow of a foreign government, however tyrannical, became a criminal offence.’
    • ‘A fifth possible motivation is that the authors of the article believed that the overthrow of the current legal government of the USA was more important than success in the war.’
    removal, removal from office, removal from power, downfall, fall, collapse, toppling, undoing, deposition, ousting, displacement, supplanting, unseating, subversion, dethronement, disestablishment, dissolution
    ending, defeat, displacement, fall, rout, collapse, downfall, demise, break-up, subversion, annihilation, dissolution
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  • 2(in cricket, baseball, and other games) a throw which sends a ball past its intended recipient or target.

    • ‘Numerous overthrows, wides and no balls showed the drawbacks inherent in blind cricket.’
    • ‘We, in contrast, did not get near theirs and Steve threw well, one overthrow excepted.’
    • ‘That, in turn, blocks his vision downfield, which leads to overthrows and underthrows.’
    • ‘He has even claimed that his walking/running is designed to manufacture overthrows.’
    • ‘A team that is shot through with self-belief fields like demons; a team racked with self-doubt misfields, overthrows and - vitally - drops catches.’
    • ‘His first incompletion was an overthrow of a deep ball that would've made it eight in a row and three touchdowns.’
    • ‘He has great stuff but gets excited and overthrows, hurting his command.’
    • ‘Umpteen mistakes were made, overthrows, byes, no-balls, bad shots, all of them a reminder that cricket is a game of the spirit.’
    • ‘Only an overthrow by Manning prevented a long touchdown.’
    • ‘He sometimes overthrows, with an inconsistent release point, which indicates arm fatigue and a possible arm problem.’
    • ‘The umpire instructed him to go to third base, reminding him that a runner gets two bases on an overthrow that goes into dead territory.’
    • ‘When things have gone amiss in a side, it is the fielding that always gives it away: the overthrows, the collisions, the dropped catches, the dramatic dive clean over the ball.’
    • ‘In the mentioned situation, the act of handing the ball to the boy is the same as an overthrow into dead territory.’
    • ‘In attempting to get off the mark, was within a whisker of being run out, Kevin's throw careering for overthrows instead.’
    • ‘It seems the 96 fastball was a bit of an overthrow for him, as he did not top 94 in his six fastballs after that.’
    • ‘He has displayed good mobility in the pocket but also had some overthrows while trying to dodge pressure.’
    • ‘There were some overthrows, slight misfields, inaccurate throws all of which helped the advancing players.’
    • ‘When it comes to running out opposition batsmen, why is it that the ball unerringly strikes the stumps when the batsman is yards in, but equally unerringly misses by a mile and goes for overthrows where he is yards out?’
    • ‘He sometimes overthrows and struggles to locate his secondary pitches.’
    • ‘As it turned out, Dad didn't have to make any judgment calls that night (other than ruling an overthrow by Cubs catcher Chris).’
    1. 2.1A score made because the ball has been overthrown.
      ‘his throw missed the stumps and went for four overthrows’
      • ‘Misfields, dropped catches, a wide that went for four and overthrows gave the visitors renewed vigour and King quickly grasped his opportunity.’
      • ‘Vaughan played the ball down to third man and, as the players completed a quick two, Akram's wild throw took the ball far out of the reach of the wicketkeeper and straight to the boundary for four overthrows.’
      • ‘A ball just short of a length from Silverwood went over the top of Spearman's stumps but the right-hander responded with a boundary and soon afterwards there were four overthrows as Martyn aimed at the stumps and missed.’
      • ‘And then England get an overthrow after a fumble from Gilchrist.’
      • ‘Vaughan was next in and off his second delivery he scored a five, playing Ormond to extra cover for a single and then picking up four overthrows as Sutcliffe aimed at the stumps and missed.’
  • 3A panel of decorated wrought-iron work above an arch or gateway.

    • ‘A large wrought-iron arched overthrow for double gates or doors, with Greek Revival motifs and laurel swags.’
    • ‘The overthrow, particularly popular in the Baroque era commencing in the 17th century, refers to the crowning section of ornamental wrought iron work which forms a decorative crest above a wrought iron gate.’

Pronunciation:

overthrow

/ˈəʊvəθrəʊ/