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steamroller

[steem-roh-ler] /ˈstimˌroʊ lər/
noun
1.
a heavy steam-powered vehicle having a roller for crushing, compacting, or leveling materials used for a road or the like.
2.
(not in technical use) any similar vehicle with a roller.
3.
an overpowering force, especially one that crushes all opposition with ruthless disregard for individual rights.
verb (used with object)
4.
to crush or flatten with a steamroller.
5.
to overcome with superior force:
to steamroller the competition.
6.
to bring about the adoption of by overwhelming pressure:
to steamroller the resolution through.
verb (used without object)
7.
to proceed with implacable force.
adjective
8.
suggestive of a steamroller; ruthlessly overpowering:
steamroller tactics.
Origin of steamroller
1865-1870
1865-70; steam + roller1
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Examples from the Web for steam-roller
Historical Examples
  • Within twenty minutes a steam-roller had arrived—goodness knows where it had materialized from!

  • This little girl's father was an engineer in charge of a steam-roller.

    It Never Can Happen Again William De Morgan
  • 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
  • He might have been run over by a steam-roller for all I know!

    A Vision of Venus Harry Pleon
  • That child is as lively as an eel and as noisy as a steam-roller.

  • Afterwards the soil was of fine gravel, and as hard as though it had been compressed by the weight of a 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
  • If he would only tumble down a well, or slip in front of a steam-roller, the problem might comfortably be solved.

    Love and the Ironmonger F. J. (Frederick John) Randall
  • Most of our political slang-terms since the Civil War, from pork-barrel to steam-roller, have been their inventions.

    The American Language Henry L. Mencken
  • The steam-roller man was an optimist and a literary person: "You may have builded better than you know, captain!"

    The U-boat hunters James B. Connolly
British Dictionary definitions for steam-roller

steamroller

/ˈstiːmˌrəʊlə/
noun
1.
  1. a steam-powered vehicle with heavy rollers at the front and rear used for compressing road surfaces during road-making
  2. another word for roadroller
2.
  1. an overpowering force or a person with such force that overcomes all opposition
  2. (as modifier): steamroller tactics
verb
3.
(transitive) to crush (opposition, etc) by overpowering force
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Word Origin and History for steam-roller
n.

also steamroller, 1866, from steam (n.) + roller. As a verb, first recorded 1912. Related: Steam-rollered.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for steam-roller

steamroller

verb

To dominate and crush; achieve by sheer force; snowball: The governor tried to steamroller the bill through (1912+)

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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