Word to the Wise: Supplant

To “supplant” (suh-PLANT) – from the Latin for “to trip up/overthrow” – is to take the place of a rival, especially through intrigue or underhanded tactics.

Example (as used by Dennis J. Hutchinson in The Man Who Once Was Whizzer White): “Economic opportunities for a saddler and harness maker were beginning to decline… as railroads supplanted the stagecoach trade.”