steam·​roll·​er | \ ˈstēm-ˌrō-lər How to pronounce steamroller (audio) \

Definition of steamroller

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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


steam·​roll·​er | \ ˈstēm-ˌrō-lər How to pronounce steamroller (audio) \
variants: or steamroll \ ˈstēm-​ˌrōl How to pronounce steamroll (audio) \
steamrollered or steamrolled; steamrollering or steamrolling; steamrollers or steamrolls

Definition of steamroller (Entry 2 of 2)

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

Examples of steamroller in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun As the SpaceX steamroller surges, European rocket industry vows to resist Following an investigation, Avio corrected this problem by installing additional insulation and taking other preventative steps. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "An Italian-made rocket faces a big test on Thursday night," 17 June 2020 In 2018, the Red Sox were a steamroller, leads transforming with certainty into wins. Alex Speier,, "The Red Sox are blowing a lot of saves. Can they fix that?," 26 June 2019 On May 2 at the Wustum Museum (the original home of the Racine Art Museum), 2519 Northwestern Ave., guests can learn about printmaking by watching a giant printing press — in the form of a steamroller — driving through paint and creating art. Amy Schwabe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Green Bay Peepers, Mount Peepmore and more art made from Peeps fill the Racine Art Museum with color every spring," 13 Mar. 2020 For the five other Democrats participating in the debate, particularly the moderates, their best chance of stopping the Bloomberg steamroller is to push it off course immediately. John Cassidy, The New Yorker, "At the Democratic Debate, Can the Other Candidates Halt the Rise of Michael Bloomberg?," 19 Feb. 2020 The Framers did not leave the House a secret constitutional steamroller that everyone somehow overlooked for 230 years. Rob Byers, The Courier-Journal, "Here's everything McConnell said on the Senate floor during the Trump impeachment trial," 4 Feb. 2020 All the while, the Soviet steamroller was advancing inexorably from the east. Edward Lotterman, Twin Cities, "Real World Economics: Myths of war fog its economic costs," 29 Dec. 2019 Flatulence – emergency vehicle that picks you up after you are run over by a steamroller. Rubén Rosario, Twin Cities, "Rosario: On light-rail crime, trophy hunting and wordplay," 17 Dec. 2019 The defense was flattened by the Rams’ steamroller-like offense and the result was a 28-12 loss to the Rams Sunday night. oregonlive, "Seattle Seahawks produce embarrassing performance against the Los Angeles Rams: 10 studs and duds," 9 Dec. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb In positioning country music as, essentially, the music of the white rural working class, Nashville streamlined — make that steamrollered — the genre’s roots, and the ways it has always been engaged in wide-ranging cultural dialogue. Jon Caramanica, New York Times, "Ken Burns’s ‘Country Music’ Traces the Genre’s Victories, and Reveals Its Blind Spots," 12 Sep. 2019 Others feel the tech titan is trying to steamroller residents' wishes. Andrew Selsky, USA TODAY, "Facebook undersea cable plan not finding fans in tiny Oregon coastal town," 12 Jan. 2020 The East Coast side have won their last seven games, steamrollering opponents and are quarterbacked by the MVP-frontrunner Lamar Jackson. Ben Morse, CNN, "Jerry Jones declares he's a 'Jason Garrett man' following speculation over coach's future," 28 Nov. 2019 From September ’17, when the FBI made its arrests, to June ’19, when NBA offered judgment, the conference has been steamrollered by bad news, bad decisions and bad play. Jon Wilner, The Mercury News, "Hotline newsletter: NBA Draft results in six Pac-12 players selected and six early-entries shunned," 21 June 2019 With that call and photograph as the launchpoints, the NCAA steamrollered USC. Jon Wilner, The Mercury News, "As the NCAA readies its case, Arizona should brace for the worst (just ask USC)," 13 June 2019 But in between it was a magical display, with Harry Kane scoring three times, John Stones twice and Jesse Lingard once as England steamrollered their inferior opponents., "Gareth Southgate Admits He 'Didn't Like' England Performance Despite Record Win Over Panama," 24 June 2018 As a result, the public is often directed to attractive, shortcut weight-loss options created for the purposes of making money, while scientists and doctors document facts that are steamrollered into the shadows. David Prologo, Washington Post, "There are real, and difficult, biological reasons why it’s hard to lose weight," 6 Jan. 2018 For most of Tuesday's clash, the Belgian's fears were vindicated, as the Reds steamrollered his side, with Salah scoring two sublime goals and creating two others., "VIDEO: Roma Star Impressed By Anfield as He Greets Former Teammate Mohamed Salah Before UCL Clash," 25 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of steamroller


1863, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1879, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

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“Steamroller.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of steamroller

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


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Kids Definition of steamroller

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

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