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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 cause someone or something to lean or totter and fall over; to cause someone or something to collapse. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "topple" and "over." The child toppled the blocks over with a kick. The performer lost control of his unicycle and toppled over a bunch of people in the audience.
See also: over, topple

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
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It can be seen that the smaller the [phi] value is, the more obvious the toppling deformation will be and the bigger the displacement of each block will be.
The typical characteristic is that the rock layers are close to vertical, the bedrockis mostly plate rock masses, and toppling failure occurs in the plate rock masses.
"When we said that we will not allow toppling the Cabinet under street pressure, we were not taking sides at all," Qabbani told reporters after visiting Mikati at the latter's residence in Verdun.
the top may remain upright for quite a while (often called "sleeping") before slowing down and eventually toppling. The question is whether a dancer's spin rate in a pirouette is rapid enough for the dancer to behave like the top and exhibit effects such as steady precession.
I think that we have some way to go to see the toppling of dictators.
But two weeks before the Newcastle effort was due to go ahead a team in New York smashed the previous tally by toppling 380 mattresses.
John's passion for domino toppling and Dom's cancer treatments make for a totally believable and optimistic story of friendship, tolerance, growth and understanding.
Nothing is going well in this country and toppling of the chariot is a conspicuous evidence of this," said Maila Kapali, 70, of Mangal Bazaar.
(2) Blue follows a scent into Levi Heywood Memorial Library in connection with the toppling of gravestones at Crystal Lake Cemetery.
Domino." He is from the Netherlands and owns Weijers Domino Productions, which holds the current Guinness world record for toppling the most number of dominoes.
Who would have imagined only three years ago that the toppling of Saddam's statue in Baghdad would lead to the toppling of the Republican colossus on Capitol Hill?
Several months after the September 2001 terrorist attack on our nation, with American forces already engaged in toppling Afghanistan's Taliban government, a 20-year-old American from Marin County, California, was found in Afghanistan among an assortment of dead and wounded Taliban fighters in a prison where U.S.
To make matters worse, Putin's toppling was shown on national telly.
On making inquiries at Mossfords I was told that because of an incident at another cemetery, the council was pushing on headstones to see which were unsafe and toppling them even though it takes great effort.