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steamroller

noun steam·roll·er \ ˈstēm-ˌrō-lər \
Updated on: 18 Apr 2018

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

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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steamroller

verb steam·roll·er \ ˈstēm-ˌrō-lər \
variants: or steamroll play \ˈstēm-ˌrōl\

Definition of steamroller

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
: to move or proceed with irresistible force

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First Known Use of steamroller

1879

in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

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STEAMROLLER Defined for English Language Learners

steamroller

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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