Origin of steamroller

First recorded in 1865–70; steam + roller1
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steamroller

steam roller

/ (ˈstiːmˌrəʊlə) /

noun

  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
  1. an overpowering force or a person with such force that overcomes all opposition
  2. (as modifier)steamroller tactics

verb

(tr) to crush (opposition, etc) by overpowering force
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