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    China's National Population and Family Planning Commission has predicted the country's population could reach 1.39 billion by the end of 2015. And also that the number of those aged 60 and above is expected to topple 200 million.
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    Re: topple

    Quote Originally Posted by Mrs.Almost View Post
    What does it mean?
    It's a misuse of the word "topple" to mean "top".
    The population of over-60s is expected to top (reach or exceed) 200m.

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    Re: topple

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    It's a misuse of the word "topple" to mean "top".
    The population of over-60s is expected to top (reach or exceed) 200m.
    Isn't this what they call malapropism?

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    Re: topple

    Quote Originally Posted by tedtmc View Post
    Isn't this what they call malapropism?
    Possibly. There's two parts to a malapropism. First, the wrong word has to be used. Second, it has to have a humourous effect.
    So, it's a judgement call.

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