- 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.
- 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
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Examples from the Web for bulldoze
Nevertheless, he warns, “I am afraid that some of our military heavyweights may bulldoze their way to stop the talks.”Afghanistan’s Karzai and Taliban to U.S.: Go Away and Shut Up
Sami Yousafzai, Ron Moreau
March 15, 2012
I have to browbeat, bribe, blackmail and bulldoze you thugs into doing a simple job.The Repairman
That young assayer Russell started to bulldoze when Sandy took a hand.Rimrock Trail
J. Allan Dunn
No call to bulldoze a fellow just because you happened to be first on the spot!Dorothy's Travels
But you can see that we can't allow these men to bulldoze us.Desert Conquest
A. M. Chisholm
Perhaps that crowd is coming over again to bulldoze us, he suggested.The Outdoor Chums in the Big Woods
- to move, demolish, flatten, etc, with a bulldozer
- informal to force; pushhe bulldozed his way through the crowd
- informal to intimidate or coerce
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.