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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\
variants: or

steamroll

Definition of steamroller

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to overwhelm usually by greatly superior force steamroller the opposition

  3. 2 :  to bring or advance by overwhelming force or pressure steamrollered the bill through the legislature

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

1879

First Known Use of steamroller

1879


STEAMROLLER Defined for English Language Learners

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steamroller

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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

steamroller

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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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