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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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British Dictionary definitions for steamroller

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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Slang definitions & phrases for steamroller

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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