an overpowering force, especially one that crushes all opposition with ruthless disregard for individual rights.
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.
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How to use steamroller in a sentence
Miss Moore has already prewritten her counterblast to my criticism in her poem "to a Steam Roller."Instigations | Ezra Pound
Time's a regular steam-roller when it comes to smoothing out the rough spots in the past.The Trail of '98 | Robert W. Service
You cannot endow even the best machine with initiative; the jolliest steam-roller will not plant flowers.A Preface to Politics | Walter Lippmann
I captured nothing but a taste for alcohol which brought me eventually beneath the steam roller.The Belovd Vagabond | William J. Locke
Were it not the silliest legend invented by man, I should say to you 'Beware of the steam roller.'The Belovd Vagabond | William J. Locke
British Dictionary definitions for steamroller
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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