Definition of unseat in English:



  • 1Cause (someone) to fall from a horse or bicycle.

    • ‘Later his driving was to be his downfall as his motorcycle took a mind of its own and he was unseated in the middle of Third Road at rush hour.’
    • ‘Bravo, 33, was riding Maid of Sunlight, who was squeezed in tight quarters and unseated him when she fell.’
    • ‘Unused to such harsh treatment, the horse reared back on its hind legs, unseating Jack Foster who landed with a thud on his backside.’
    • ‘She gasped as he unseated her and she tumbled to the ground.’
    • ‘Griffith loosened the reins and the quivering horse beneath him sprung into a flat-out gallop, nearly unseating him as they rode towards the fallen figure.’
    • ‘Jockey Shane Sellers, who suffered a cracked tailbone when he was unseated in a paddock accident last week at Churchill Downs, plans to return to riding within two weeks.’
    • ‘Jockey Daniel Howard is unseated when Polar Champ hesitates before jumping.’
    • ‘The horse slowed quickly, discomforting Kaelyn, and unseating her slightly.’
    • ‘Hannah Blumenthal, 52, a freelance pony rider, was severely injured when she was unseated from a horse on Friday morning at Belmont Park.’
    • ‘Jockey Russell Baze suffered a broken right collarbone on Sunday when he was unseated by his mount at the start of the third race at Golden Gate Fields.’
    • ‘Solis, 40, was injured when he was unseated from his mount, Golden K K, who clipped heels and fell in the upper stretch of a claiming race.’
    • ‘Jockey Alejandro Marcial was taken to a hospital on Sunday after his horse, Ski Away, broke down, unseating him in the first race at Arlington Park.’
    • ‘Her horse reared suddenly, nearly unseating her, and plunged blindly into the forest.’
    • ‘Dominguez was second in the national standings on July 24 when he was unseated from his mount at Delaware Park.’
    • ‘He thought the ground rocked slightly beneath him, and that he surely must be dreaming or seeing things, when Sport suddenly shied and reared back, nearly unseating him.’
    • ‘Her mount bolted, unseating her but her foot was entangled in a stirrup.’
    • ‘The 33-year-old jockey suffered a fractured collarbone and an array of other injuries on July 21 when he was unseated in the seventh race at Monmouth Park.’
    • ‘Sanders was accidentally unseated on his way to the winner's circle after losing a stirrup iron after Chateau Istana spooked at a camera car, but remained unscathed and was complimentary of the winning performance.’
    • ‘Arroyo was taken to nearby North Shore University Hospital after his mount, Ruby Hill, took an awkward step near the finish line and unseated him.’
    • ‘The horse squealed in surprised hurt, lunging so hard it almost unseated him.’
    dislodge, throw, dismount, spill, upset, unhorse
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    1. 1.1 Remove from a position of power or authority.
      • ‘Mr Blocher was elected yesterday with 121 votes, unseating Ruth Metzler, the incumbent Christian People's party justice minister, who got 116.’
      • ‘The Austrian government was unseated and replaced by a new leadership friendly to Germany, and German corporations began to take over Austrian resources.’
      • ‘The idea that term limits are necessary to unseat jaded officials and rouse lazy voters could not be more inapplicable in New York City now.’
      • ‘When the Glorious Revolution deposed James in 1689, rebellions in Massachusetts and New York overthrew the Dominion of New England and unseated the proprietary government in Maryland.’
      • ‘Jean-Marie Le Pen has won through to the last round of the French presidential election, unseating the socialist prime minister, Lionel Jospin.’
      • ‘And in Bolivia, a peasant revolt grounded in opposition to neo-liberal policies recently unseated the pro-business president.’
      • ‘After the Milosevic government was unseated, these Albanian fighters moved on to Macedonia, where the territories bordering Kosovo are also mainly populated by ethnic Albanians.’
      • ‘A stalemate had been reached in which the opposition could not unseat the government by force and the government could not reassert full control.’
      • ‘Elected to the Dáil in 1927 he was unseated as a bankrupt, but elected again in 1937.’
      • ‘Britain's Conservative Party faces its fourth leadership contest in 13 years, after Iain Duncan Smith was unseated on October 29 in a confidence vote of Tory MPs.’
      • ‘An ensuing court challenge which alleged violations of campaign finance laws could have unseated President Tong.’
      • ‘Opposition youth movements such as Ukraine's Pora and Serbia's Otpor have been instrumental in unseating governments in their respective countries.’
      • ‘It's also not fair that the sitting governor requires a majority vote to remain in office, as opposed to the plurality an opponent needs to unseat him.’
      • ‘They were initially accused of plotting to unseat the government of oil-rich Equatorial Guinea in March last year.’
      • ‘But no one, not even Wahid, is suggesting that the military as an institution is behind any attempt to unseat the government.’
      • ‘The AL, the main opposition party, has decided to resort to street agitation to unseat the government.’
      • ‘Even more important, it unseats the person the people have deliberately chose for this office.’
      • ‘They typically sealed their victory by unseating kings, although often creating a new despotism.’
      • ‘Paul Woolstewholmes from Suffolk has won the election for national officer in the Fire Brigades union, unseating the leadership candidate.’
      • ‘At best, Troy is simply an opportunist who was able to gain the support of a number of key people to help unseat me.’
      depose, oust, remove from office, topple, overthrow, bring down, dislodge, discharge, dethrone, displace, supplant, usurp, overturn, dismiss, eject, evict
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