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[boo l-doh-zer] /ˈbʊlˌdoʊ zər/
a large, powerful tractor having a vertical blade at the front end for moving earth, tree stumps, rocks, etc.
a person who intimidates or coerces.
Origin of bulldozer
1875-80, Americanism; 1925-30 in the sense “tractor”; origin uncertain. See bulldoze Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Prosaically, a bulldozer lowered its wide blade some fifty yards from the ship.

    Space Tug Murray Leinster
  • The bulldozer was teetering at the edge of the cliff as he saw it, right above him.

    The Sky Is Falling Lester del Rey
  • A bulldozer stood abandoned on it, brand-new and in perfect order, with the smell of gasoline and oil about it.

    Operation Terror William Fitzgerald Jenkins
  • He reached the bulldozer and turned south, and at long last reached the highway.

    Operation Terror William Fitzgerald Jenkins
  • Mijok saw; he changed the course of his attack, a bulldozer aiming at a new clump of brush.

    West Of The Sun Edgar Pangborn
British Dictionary definitions for bulldozer


a powerful tractor fitted with caterpillar tracks and a blade at the front, used for moving earth, rocks, etc
(informal) a person who bulldozes
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for bulldozer

"person who intimidates by violence," 1876, agent noun from bulldoze (q.v.). Meaning extended to ground-clearing caterpillar tractor in 1930.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for bulldozer



  1. A person who bulldozes (1870s+)
  2. A revolver (1880s+)
The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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