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dislodge (verb) remove (by force).

When something or a person is dislodged, they are removed by force from their positions. When you throw something out of its position, you dislodge it. A burglar entering a building with a tiled roof dislodges two or three tiles from the roof and finds an entry into the building. That is, he removes the tiles to find a way into the building. When a government or a person in a high position is forced to leave their position of power, they are dislodged. A revolt may dislodge a government, that is, it may be removed, and so may a duly elected president be dislodged from power by a military coup. In both the cases, they are made to lose their positions of power.

  • The explosion dislodged the windows, doors, and the roof of the building, which flew out into the air and fell down.
  • The many scandals reported in the media have not been able to dislodge the President, as he continues to enjoy the support of his followers, who dismiss the reports as totally false.
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