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topple down

1. To lean or totter and fall down; to collapse. The strong winds caused a number of buildings in the city to topple down. Someone knocked into the old lady, and she toppled down on the sidewalk.
2. To cause someone or something to lean or totter and fall down; to cause someone or something to collapse. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "topple" and "down." The child toppled the blocks down with a kick. The performer lost control of his unicycle and toppled down a bunch of people in the audience.
See also: down, topple

topple from (something)

To tumble or plummet over the edge (of something tall). The weather vane came toppling from the roof during the storm. Please don't get so close to the edge—one strong gust of wind, and you'll go toppling from the cliffside!
See also: topple

topple off

1. To tumble or plummet over the edge (of something tall). The weather vane came toppling off the roof during the storm. Please don't get so close to the edge of that cliff—one strong gust of wind, and you'll go toppling off!
2. To cause someone or something to tumble or plummet over the edge (of something). In this usage, a noun or pronoun is used between "topple" and "off." Watch where you're walking—you nearly toppled that bucket off of the roof! He charged into the mutineer and toppled him off the boat.
See also: off, topple

topple off of (something)

1. To tumble or plummet over the edge (of something tall). The weather vane came toppling off of the roof during the storm. Please don't get so close to the edge—one strong gust of wind, and you'll go toppling off of the cliffside!
2. To cause someone or something to tumble or plummet over the edge (of something). In this usage, a noun or pronoun is used between "topple" and "off." Watch where you're walking—you nearly toppled that bucket off of the roof! He charged into the mutineer and toppled him off of the boat.
See also: of, off, topple

topple over

1. To lean or totter and fall over; to collapse. The strong winds caused a number of buildings in the city to topple over. Someone knocked into the old lady and she toppled over on the sidewalk.
2. To push or knock someone or something over from an upright position. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "topple" and "over." He ran right into a group of people and toppled them over. Please don't topple over my Lego castle! I spent all morning building it.
3. To fail or collapse. The company eventually toppled over under the weight of its staggering debt.
4. To defeat or ruin someone or some group. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "topple" and "over." The underdog team came from behind in the fourth quarter to topple over the returning champions. The tech company quickly toppled its competition over with its incredibly popular line of smartphones.
See also: over, topple
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

topple down

[for a stack of something] to crumple and fall down. The chimney toppled down in the earthquake. The woodpile toppled down during the night and scared us all to death.
See also: down, topple

topple off (of) something

 and topple from something
to fall off the top of something very tall. (Of is usually retained before pronouns.) Careful there! You might topple off of that wall. I didn't get too close to the edge, because I was afraid of toppling off. She toppled off the wall. The vase toppled from its shelf in the quake.
See also: off, topple

topple over

[for something very tall] to fall over. I was afraid that Jimmy's stack of blocks would topple over. The stack of books toppled over and ended up as a jumbled mess on the floor.
See also: over, topple

topple something down

to cause a stack of something to crumple and fall down. The earthquake toppled the chimney down. The hurricane toppled down the weakest buildings.
See also: down, topple
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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