bulldoze

verb
bull·​doze | \ ˈbu̇l-ˌdōz How to pronounce bulldoze (audio) also ˈbəl- \
bulldozed; bulldozing; bulldozes

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

Choose the Right Synonym for 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

Examples of bulldoze in a Sentence

The crew is bulldozing the trees. They bulldozed a road through the hills. The governor bulldozed the law through the legislature.
Recent Examples on the Web How can a democratic system potentially bulldoze away established rights favored by the people from whom all power is supposed to flow? Frida Ghitis, CNN, 3 May 2022 City officials had also previously attempted to receive approval to bulldoze the property but did not move forward after hearing community concerns. Fox News, 28 Nov. 2021 City officials had also previously attempted to receive approval to bulldoze the property but did not move forward after hearing community concerns. Fox News, 28 Nov. 2021 City officials had also previously attempted to receive approval to bulldoze the property but did not move forward after hearing community concerns. Fox News, 28 Nov. 2021 Will the Bryant Bulldogs bulldoze their way into more March Madness? Cydney Henderson, USA TODAY, 16 Mar. 2022 City officials had also previously attempted to receive approval to bulldoze the property but did not move forward after hearing community concerns. Fox News, 28 Nov. 2021 Musk can’t bulldoze past regulations of this particular nature. Marina Koren, The Atlantic, 11 Feb. 2022 The impasse has led to intensifying calls to unilaterally change filibuster rules so Democrats can bulldoze over Republicans’ objections. New York Times, 18 Jan. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of bulldoze

1876, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for bulldoze

perhaps from bull entry 1 + alteration of dose

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The first known use of bulldoze was in 1876

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“Bulldoze.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bulldoze. Accessed 9 Aug. 2022.

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