bulldozer

[ boo l-doh-zer ]
/ ˈbʊlˌdoʊ zər /

noun

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.

Nearby words

  1. bulldog ant,
  2. bulldog clip,
  3. bulldog edition,
  4. bulldog forceps,
  5. bulldoze,
  6. bullet,
  7. bullet forceps,
  8. bullet point,
  9. bullet train,
  10. bullet wood

Origin of bulldozer

1875–80, Americanism; 1925–30 in the sense “tractor”; origin uncertain. See bulldoze

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British Dictionary definitions for bulldozer

bulldozer

/ (ˈbʊlˌdəʊzə) /

noun

a powerful tractor fitted with caterpillar tracks and a blade at the front, used for moving earth, rocks, etc
informal a person who bulldozes
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Word Origin and History for bulldozer

bulldozer

n.

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

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