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keel over

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. keel oververb

    turn over and fall

    "the man had a heart attack and keeled over"


  1. keel oververb

    Of a vessel: to roll so far on its side that it cannot recover; to capsize.

  2. keel oververb

    To collapse in a faint; to black out; to die.


  1. keel over

    To keel over generally means to suddenly fall over or collapse, often due to illness, shock or exhaustion. It is often used to refer to fainting or collapsing unexpectedly. This term originally comes from nautical context referring to a boat or ship rolling over or capsizing.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of keel over in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of keel over in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of keel over in a Sentence

  1. Yiddish Proverb:

    If all pulled in one direction, the world would keel over.

  2. David Adger, Core Syntax: A Minimalist Approach:

    Of course we can keep this going, in principle, forever. In practice we will keel over from exhaustion, boredom, or death.

Translations for keel over

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  • kenternGerman
  • zozobrar, volcarSpanish
  • chavirer, tomber, retourner, évanouir, défaillir, renverserFrench
  • omvallen, kapseizen, flauw vallenDutch
  • вы́рубиться, отключи́ться, переверну́тьсяRussian

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