bulldoze

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

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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.
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In fact, the house was once half of a larger home, divided by bulldozing a central section in the aftermath of the Great Depression, a move that was common in Palm Beach at the time. Nancy Hass, ELLE Decor, "A Legendary 1920s Palm Beach House is a Showcase for a Striking Art Collection," 17 Apr. 2019 Still, Big Oil has more than enough money to bulldoze past any complaints and run out the clock. David Roberts, Vox, "Big Oil is using brute financial force to kill 2 state sustainability initiatives," 4 Nov. 2018 Both highways are the primary evacuation routes for the area, raising concerns that authorities might have to bulldoze an emergency route through the jungle, connecting several existing small roads. Trevor Hughes, USA TODAY, "New evacuations ordered as fast-flowing Hawaii lava blocks major volcano escape route," 30 May 2018 For the roughly $430,000 the program has paid out in claims, the government could have bought the house, bulldozed it and still had money to buy the owners a new home. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Flood Deja Vu All Over Again," 21 Dec. 2018 Puyallup workers bulldozed property in 2016 and 2017 without notice, according to the lawsuit. Ryan Gaydos, Fox News, "Washington city faces lawsuit over homeless encampment clearing," 25 Sep. 2018 Similarly, the Breezy Corners Bungalow Colony, where Ms. Greco Sunshine went to camp as a child, was bulldozed a few years back. C. J. Hughes, New York Times, "In the Catskills, New Hope for the Return of Tourism," 27 Mar. 2018 Cleanup operations were well under way Thursday as authorities bulldozed rubble and repaired utilities. Jake Maxwell Wattsand I Made Sentana, WSJ, "Anak Krakatau Danger Zone Widened as Indonesia Ends a Deadly 2018," 27 Dec. 2018 Halef Juan collects scrap metal from the wreckage of the Venezuelan refugee camp next to the border that was bulldozed and set ablaze. Paulo Trevisani, WSJ, "Backlash Against Venezuelan Refugees Grows Across South America," 24 Aug. 2018

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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

verb

English Language Learners 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

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