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Definition of Overthrow


  1. To throw over; to overturn; to upset; to turn upside down.
  2. To cause to fall or to fail; to subvert; to defeat; to make a ruin of; to destroy.
  3. The act of overthrowing; the state of being overthrow; ruin.
  4. The act of throwing a ball too high, as over a player's head.
  5. A faulty return of the ball by a fielder, so that the striker makes an additional run.

Overthrow Quotations

We the people are the rightful masters of both Congress and the courts, not to overthrow the Constitution but to overthrow the men who pervert the Constitution.
Abraham Lincoln

This country, with its institutions, belongs to the people who inhabit it. Whenever they shall grow weary of the existing government, they can exercise their constitutional right of amending it, or exercise their revolutionary right to overthrow it.
Abraham Lincoln

I'm not interested in preserving the status quo; I want to overthrow it.
Niccolo Machiavelli

Law represents the effort of man to organize society; governments, the efforts of selfishness to overthrow liberty.
Henry Ward Beecher

In the human heart new passions are forever being born; the overthrow of one almost always means the rise of another.
Francois de La Rochefoucauld
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Overthrow Translations

overthrow in Dutch is kappen, vellen, neervellen, wippen
overthrow in Finnish is kumota
overthrow in French is renverser
overthrow in Latin is perverto perverti perversum, verto, subvertio
overthrow in Norwegian is kantre
overthrow in Spanish is derrocar

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