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DO YOU KNOW THIS VOCABULARY FROM "THE HANDMAID'S TALE"?

"The Handmaid's Tale" was required reading for many of us in school. Everyone else has probably watched the very popular and addictive TV show. Do you remember this vocabulary from the book, and do you know what these terms mean?
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Origin of steamroller

First recorded in 1865–70; steam + roller1

Words nearby steamroller

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Example sentences from the Web for steamroller

  • The Donald Trump steamroller got run off the road last week, and getting back on track may not be easy.

    The Trump Backlash Begins|Howard Kurtz|May 6, 2011|DAILY BEAST
  • His hard lines and angles project the arrogance of a confidence man, or as Arlyn Imberman puts it, “a steamroller.”

    Bernie's John Hancock|Allan Dodds Frank|March 25, 2009|DAILY BEAST
  • It was like getting a steamroller in motion to start Hickman.

    Pitching in a Pinch|Christy Mathewson

British Dictionary definitions for steamroller

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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