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[boo l-dohz] /ˈbʊlˌdoʊz/
verb (used with object), bulldozed, bulldozing.
to clear, level, or reshape the contours of (land) by or as if by using a bulldozer:
to bulldoze a building site.
to clear away by or as if by using a bulldozer:
to bulldoze trees from a site.
to coerce or intimidate, as with threats.
verb (used without object), bulldozed, bulldozing.
to use a bulldozer:
to clear this rubble away we may have to bulldoze.
to advance or force one's way in the manner of a bulldozer.
Origin of bulldoze
1875-80, Americanism; origin uncertain; the notion that it represents a verb use of bull dose, i.e., a dose fit for a bull, is probably without merit; defs 1, 2, 4, 5 are back formations from bulldozer in the sense “tractor”
3. browbeat, cow, bully, hector; tyrannize. Unabridged
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verb (transitive)
to move, demolish, flatten, etc, with a bulldozer
(informal) to force; push: he bulldozed his way through the crowd
(informal) to intimidate or coerce
Word Origin
C19: probably from bull1 + dose
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Word Origin and History for bulldoze

by 1880, from an earlier noun, bulldose "a severe beating or lashing" (1876), literally "a dose fit for a bull," a slang word referring to the intimidation beating of black voters (by either blacks or whites) in the chaotic 1876 U.S. presidential election. See bull (n.1) + dose (n.). Related: Bulldozed; bulldozing.

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To intimidate; overcome by force •Early use of the term is connected with Southern politics of the Reconstruction period and describes the intimidation of black men who wished to vote: to bulldoze employees

[1870s+; fr bulldose, ''to beat, flog with a strip of leather,'' perhaps fr the notion of the dose of force needed to cow a bull]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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