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bulldoze

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verb bull·doze \ˈbu̇l-ˌdōz also ˈbəl-\

Simple Definition of bulldoze

  • : 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

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of bulldoze

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to coerce or restrain by threats :  bully

  3. 2 :  to move, clear, gouge out, or level off by pushing with or as if with a bulldozer

  4. 3 :  to force insensitively or ruthlessly

  5. intransitive verb
  6. 1 :  to operate a bulldozer

  7. 2 :  to force one's way like a bulldozer

Examples of bulldoze in a sentence

  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 and Etymology 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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