• WordNet 3.6
    • v overthrow rule against "The Republicans were overruled when the House voted on the bill"
    • v overthrow cause the downfall of; of rulers "The Czar was overthrown","subvert the ruling class"
    • n overthrow the termination of a ruler or institution (especially by force)
    • n overthrow the act of disturbing the mind or body "his carelessness could have caused an ecological upset","she was unprepared for this sudden overthrow of their normal way of living"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Overthrow A faulty return of the ball by a fielder, so that the striker makes an additional run.
    • Overthrow The act of overthrowing; the state of being overthrown; ruin. "Your sudden overthrow much rueth me."
    • Overthrow The act of throwing a ball too high, as over a player's head.
    • Overthrow To cause to fall or to fail; to subvert; to defeat; to make a ruin of; to destroy; as, to overthrow a government. "When the walls of Thebes he overthrew .""Gloucester] that seeks to overthrow religion."
    • Overthrow (Baseball) To throw (a baseball) beyond; to throw too high and too far; to overshoot{1}; as, the shortstop overthrew the first baseman.
    • Overthrow To throw over; to overturn; to upset; to turn upside down. "His wife overthrew the table."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • overthrow To overturn; upset.
    • overthrow To throw down; prostrate.
    • overthrow Hence — To overcome; defeat; vanquish.
    • overthrow To subvert; overturn; ruin; spoil.
    • overthrow To cast down; deject.
    • overthrow Synonyms Overpower, Overwhelm, etc. (see defeat), overcome, master, worst, crush. Subvert, etc. See overturn.
    • n overthrow The act of overthrowing, or the state of being overthrown; subversion; destruction; discomfiture; defeat; conquest: as, the overthrow of a tower, of a city, of plans, of one's reason.
    • n overthrow Synonyms Prostration, wreck, rout. See defeat, v. t.
    • n overthrow In cricket, a throw of the ball which sends it past the fielder at the wicket, so that additional runs are made in consequence.
    • overthrow In cricket, to throw (the ball) inaccurately at the wicket, and so give unearned runs to the opposing batsman.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Overthrow ō-vėr-thrō′ to throw down: to upset: to bring to an end: to demolish: to defeat utterly
    • ns Overthrow act of overthrowing or state of being overthrown: ruin: defeat: a throwing of a ball beyond the player
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  • Giuseppe Mazzini
    “The theory of rights enables us to rise and overthrow obstacles, but not to found a strong and lasting accord between all the elements which compose the nation.”
  • Euripides
    “Reason can wrestle and overthrow terror.”
  • Francois De La Rochefoucauld
    “In the human heart new passions are forever being born; the overthrow of one almost always means the rise of another.”
  • John Lyly
    John Lyly
    “Many strokes overthrow the tallest oaks.”
  • Abraham Lincoln
    “I am struggling to maintain the government, not to overthrow it. I am struggling especially to prevent others from overthrowing it.”


In literature:

The weakness of the Graeco-Bactrian kingdoms was shown by their sudden and complete overthrow.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 3, Part 1, Slice 2" by Various
They retired from Rome and concerted measures for the overthrow of their enemy.
"The Great Events by Famous Historians, Volume 07" by Various
The Germans must be driven out; the British people must rise and cast them out, and overthrow for ever their insolent dominion.
"The Message" by Alec John Dawson
Under these conditions, absolutely no attempt is made to overthrow it.
"The Glow-Worm and Other Beetles" by Jean Henri Fabre
May God, therefore, grant that this my son Seth shall stand as a firm foundation which Satan shall not overthrow.
"Commentary on Genesis, Vol. II" by Martin Luther
This is equivalent to admitting that all their schemes for its overthrow have failed.
"Cotton is King and The Pro-Slavery Arguments" by Various
Their overthrow was so complete as to check their advance for more than thirty years.
"A Student's History of England, v. 1 (of 3)" by Samuel Rawson Gardiner
As was its pristine splendour, so now is its overthrow.
"Pilgrimage from the Alps to the Tiber" by James Aitken Wylie
They openly declare that their ends can be attained only by the forcible overthrow of all existing social conditions.
"British Socialism" by J. Ellis Barker
Others saw in the Siegfried story an echo of the overthrow of the Burgundian king Gundahari (Gunther), by Attila, on the Rhine.
"Great Men and Famous Women. Vol. 5 of 8" by Various

In poetry:

For time will rust the brightest blade,
And years will break the strongest bow;
Was ever wight so starkly made,
But time and years would overthrow?
"Major Bellenden's Song" by Sir Walter Scott
Type are you of that which springs
Ever forth when comes the need,
Overthrowing thrones and kings,
Faithless altar, sapless creed;
Sowing fresh and living seed.
"Tamerlane" by Victor James Daley
O, thy bright eyes must answer now,
When Reason, with a scornful brow,
Is mocking at my overthrow!
O, thy sweet tongue must plead for me,
And tell why I have chosen thee!
"Speak, God Of Visions" by Emily Jane Bronte
OH, thy bright eyes must answer now,
When Reason, with a scornful brow,
Is mocking at my overthrow !
Oh, thy sweet tongue must plead for me
And tell why I have chosen thee !
"Plead For Me" by Emily Jane Bronte
I could have fought, in truth, a goodly fight,
Braved death, nor feared defeat before one foe;
Against these puny cares I strive in vain,
They sting my soul unto its overthrow.
"The Enemies" by Dora Sigerson Shorter
Here in the crown's, our king and country's right,
We, for our lands, our goods, and nation, fight
With a perfidious and invet'rate foe,
That always seeks this kingdom's overthrow.
"The Soldier's Prayer" by Rees Prichard

In news:

Tigers Overthrow Royals in Region Tourney.
Blinded By Science Three Words That Could Overthrow Physics: "What Is Magnetism.".
Let's Overthrow Don Imus And Mort Zuckerman, Too.
Overthrow Hussein, US group advises.
Overthrowing Saddam Hussein Was Worth the Price.
Overthrowing HR kings isn't easy By Royce Webb Special to Page 2.
Their suit included claims that Islam is not a real religion and that local Muslims wanted to overthrow the US Constitution and replace it with Islamic religious law.
About a year after the revolutionary overthrow of the Qing Dynasty, Ching Chun Wang, a Chinese railway official and representative of the emergent republic, makes a case for international recognition.
Rebels fighting to overthrow Syrian President Bashar Assad have been making inroads in their advance toward Damascus , the seat of the government, in recent weeks.
Asked whether the United States was prepared to follow France in formally recognizing a Syrian opposition group seeking the overthrow of President Bashar al-Assad, President Obama offered no pledge.
CBS News has learned that the Obama Administration will endorse one of the rebel groups fighting to overthrow Bashar al-Assad.
CBS News reported Tuesday the administration will endorse one of the rebel groups fighting to overthrow Bashir al-Assad.
Ben Ali has been in exile in Saudi Arabia since his overthrow.
Syria could fracture along sectarian lines if rebel fighters succeed in quickly overthrowing the regime.
Overthrowing Saddam Hussein Was Worth the Price.

In science:

Progress in a specialty is characterized by long and stable periods of puzzle-solving within the specialty’s paradigm, punctuated by discoveries that accompany the overthrow and/or creation of new paradigms .
Construction of bipartite and unipartite weighted networks from collections of journal papers
The CIA was exposed overthrowing the governments of Guatemala, Iran, and Chile to install torturing kleptocrats friendly to American corporations.
Physics Education Research: Or it's so hard to find good help these days