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steamroller

noun steam·roll·er \ ˈstēm-ˌrō-lər \

Definition of steamroller

1 :a steam-driven road roller; broadly :road roller
2 :a crushing force especially when ruthlessly applied to overcome opposition

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First Known Use of steamroller

1863


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steamroller

verb \ -ˌrōl \
variants: or steamroll

Definition of steamroller

transitive verb
1 :to overwhelm usually by greatly superior force
  • steamroller the opposition
2 :to bring or advance by overwhelming force or pressure
  • steamrollered the bill through the legislature
intransitive verb
:to move or proceed with irresistible force

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First Known Use of steamroller

1879


STEAMROLLER Defined for English Language Learners

steamroller

noun

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

steamroller

noun steam·roll·er \ ˈstēm-ˈrō-lər \

Definition of steamroller for Students

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


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