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Used when describing an action that physically makes something fall. SlideThe earthquake toppled buildings across the city.
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Can be used metaphorically to describe the falling of intangible things. SlideThe scandal toppled his reputation almost instantly.
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Context changes meaning; can refer to slow pushing or sudden force. SlideShe nudged the vase until it toppled from the shelf.