To Knock Over


To Knock Down, To Bring Down

Word Type

transitive verb, godan verb


This word consists of kanji with hiragana attached. Because the hiragana ends with an sound, you know this word is a verb.

The kanji itself means overthrow or collapse, and this verb is transitive, like most verbs ending in , so you are doing those things to something else. So, this verb means things like to knock over, to knock down, and to bring down.

This word can be used to talk about physically knocking something over, as well as bringing something or someone down, like a government.


  • Kyoko
    (Tokyo accent, female)
  • Kenichi
    (Tokyo accent, male)


Since this word consists of a kanji with hiragana attached, you can bet that it will use the kun'yomi reading. You didn't learn that reading with this kanji, so here's a mnemonic to help you: You use the power of the Tao (たお) to do all of your knocking down. Imagine yourself contemplating Tao philosophy, then using those pleasant thoughts to knock everything over around you. BLAM!


Context Sentences


Man, this Bowser is too strong. If you know how to defeat him, please tell me!


The stack of books collapsed like dominoes when I knocked over one.


While helping to cut down trees in the mountains, I was hit by a chainsaw on the neck and got seriously injured.

Kanji Composition