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bulldoze

verb bull·doze \ˈbl-ˌdōz also ˈbəl-\

: to use a bulldozer to move, destroy, or knock down (something)

: to create (something, such as a road) by using a bulldozer

: to force (something that others might not want to happen) to be done or accepted in an aggressive or harsh way

Full Definition of BULLDOZE

transitive verb
1
:  to coerce or restrain by threats :  bully
2
:  to move, clear, gouge out, or level off by pushing with or as if with a bulldozer
3
:  to force insensitively or ruthlessly
intransitive verb
1
:  to operate a bulldozer
2
:  to force one's way like a bulldozer
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Examples of BULLDOZE

  1. The crew is bulldozing the trees.
  2. They bulldozed a road through the hills.
  3. The governor bulldozed the law through the legislature.

Origin of BULLDOZE

perhaps from 1bull + alteration of dose
First Known Use: 1876

Synonym Discussion of BULLDOZE

intimidate, cow, bulldoze, bully, browbeat mean to frighten into submission. intimidate implies inducing fear or a sense of inferiority into another <intimidated by so many other bright freshmen>. cow implies reduction to a state where the spirit is broken or all courage is lost <not at all cowed by the odds against making it in show business>. bulldoze implies an intimidating or an overcoming of resistance usually by urgings, demands, or threats <bulldozed the city council into approving the plan>. bully implies intimidation through threats, insults, or aggressive behavior <bullied into giving up their lunch money>. browbeat implies a cowing through arrogant, scornful, or contemptuous treatment <browbeat the witness into a contradiction>.

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