- to crush or flatten with a steamroller.
- to overcome with superior force: to steamroller the competition.
- to bring about the adoption of by overwhelming pressure: to steamroller the resolution through.
- to proceed with implacable force.
- suggestive of a steamroller; ruthlessly overpowering: steamroller tactics.
Origin of steamroller
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Examples from the Web for steam-roller
It takes a plaguey lot to move it, and then it moves as slowly as a steam-roller.The Master Mummer
E. Phillips Oppenheim
Billys all right: even if he did tell me this afternoon that I took-off like a steam-roller!Quarter-Back Bates
Ralph Henry Barbour
This little girl's father was an engineer in charge of a steam-roller.It Never Can Happen Again
William De Morgan
He might have been run over by a steam-roller for all I know!A Vision of Venus
All the usual derivatives appeared, to steam-roller, steam-rollered, and so on.The American Language
Henry L. Mencken
- a steam-powered vehicle with heavy rollers at the front and rear used for compressing road surfaces during road-making
- another word for roadroller
- an overpowering force or a person with such force that overcomes all opposition
- (as modifier)steamroller tactics
- (tr) to crush (opposition, etc) by overpowering force
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Word Origin and History for steam-roller
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