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steamroller

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noun steam·roll·er \ˈstēm-ˌrō-lər\

Definition of steamroller

  1. 1 :  a steam-driven road roller; broadly :  road roller

  2. 2 :  a crushing force especially when ruthlessly applied to overcome opposition

1863

First Known Use of steamroller

1863


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steamroller

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verb steam·roll·er \-ˌrōl\

Definition of steamroller

  • transitive verb
    1. 1 :  to overwhelm usually by greatly superior force <steamroller the opposition>

    2. 2 :  to bring or advance by overwhelming force or pressure <steamrollered the bill through the legislature>

    3. intransitive verb
    4. :  to move or proceed with irresistible force

    1879

    First Known Use of steamroller

    1879

    Variants of steamroller

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    STEAMROLLER Defined for English Language Learners

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    noun steam·roll·er \ˈstēm-ˌrō-lər\

    Definition of steamroller for English Language Learners

    • : a large, heavy machine that is used for making a road or other surface flat


    STEAMROLLER Defined for Kids

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    noun steam·roll·er \ˈstēm-ˈrō-lər\

    Definition of steamroller for Students

    1. :  a machine that has wide heavy rollers for pressing down and smoothing roads


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