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EtymologyEdit

From Middle English overturnen, equivalent to over- +‎ turn. Compare also Middle English overterven (to overturn), see terve.

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overturn (third-person singular simple present overturns, present participle overturning, simple past and past participle overturned)

  1. To turn over, capsize or upset (something)
  2. To overthrow or destroy something
  3. (law) To reverse a decision; to overrule or rescind
  4. To diminish the significance of a previous defeat by winning; to comeback from.
    • 2017 March 14, Stuart James, “Leicester stun Sevilla to reach last eight after Kasper Schmeichel save”, in the Guardian[1]:
      There were so many heroes for Leicester on an evening when they played with tremendous courage and belief to overturn the 2-1 deficit from the first leg, yet it was hard to look beyond Kasper Schmeichel for the game’s outstanding performer.
    • 2011 April 10, Alistair Magowan, “Aston Villa 1 - 0 Newcastle”, in BBC Sport[2]:
      Villa spent most of the second period probing from wide areas and had a succession of corners but despite their profligacy they will be glad to overturn the 6-0 hammering they suffered at St James' Park in August following former boss Martin O'Neill's departure

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