steamroller

noun
steam·roll·er | \ˈstēm-ˌrō-lər \

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

steamroller

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

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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Or the Buffalo-Springfield Roller Company steamroller parked outside Friedman’s place. Morgan Enos, Billboard, "8 Lesser-Known Buffalo Springfield Gems Worth Rediscovering," 30 May 2018 Nonetheless, a sign that this is not 2017, when the Warriors drove a stone-cold 16-1 steamroller through the playoffs. Scott Ostler, San Francisco Chronicle, "Invincible no more, Warriors face rocky path back to NBA Finals," 12 Apr. 2018 Nonetheless, a sign that this is not 2017, when the Warriors drove a stone-cold 16-1 steamroller through the playoffs. Scott Ostler, San Francisco Chronicle, "Invincible no more, Warriors face rocky path back to NBA Finals," 12 Apr. 2018 Nonetheless, a sign that this is not 2017, when the Warriors drove a stone-cold 16-1 steamroller through the playoffs. Scott Ostler, San Francisco Chronicle, "Invincible no more, Warriors face rocky path back to NBA Finals," 12 Apr. 2018 They're needed to enclose the steamroller performance tires, which measure 10.8 inches at the tread, 1.4 inches wider than the regular Hellcat's. Jeff Yip, Houston Chronicle, "Demon Jr.: Challenger Hellcat Widebody's bigger tires pay big track dividends," 16 Apr. 2018 Nonetheless, a sign that this is not 2017, when the Warriors drove a stone-cold 16-1 steamroller through the playoffs. Scott Ostler, San Francisco Chronicle, "Invincible no more, Warriors face rocky path back to NBA Finals," 12 Apr. 2018 They're needed to enclose the steamroller performance tires, which measure 10.8 inches at the tread, 1.4 inches wider than the regular Hellcat's. Jeff Yip, Houston Chronicle, "Demon Jr.: Challenger Hellcat Widebody's bigger tires pay big track dividends," 16 Apr. 2018 Denève paced the steamroller of sound at the end beautifully. Peter Dobrin, Philly.com, "Nicholas Angelich joins Stéphane Denève and Philadelphia Orchestra on musical jaunts," 27 Apr. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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. SI.com, "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. SI.com, "VIDEO: Roma Star Impressed By Anfield as He Greets Former Teammate Mohamed Salah Before UCL Clash," 25 Apr. 2018 Fear of being steamrollered by the Franco-German engine, now cranking into gear again, sits in the DNA of Dutch diplomats. The Economist, "How the Dutch will take Britain’s place in Europe," 28 Mar. 2018 City, who continued their fine form after dispatching Everton on Saturday night, reached the Champions League quarter-finals by defeating Basel in their Champions League round of 16 clash in February, whilst Liverpool steamrollered Porto. SI.com, "Pep Guardiola Praises 'Almost Unstoppable' Liverpool As He Identifies Surprise Reds Threat," 2 Apr. 2018 But the ease with which Mr. Sisi has steamrollered Egypt’s fractured opposition is a product of even harsher repression. Declan Walsh And Nour Youssef, New York Times, "For as Little as $3 a Vote, Egyptians Trudge to Election Stations," 27 Mar. 2018 Lawmakers steamrollered through amendments by opponents of the bill to avoid sending it back for further review in the House. Anchorage Daily News, "Washington state kills Atlantic salmon farming," 4 Mar. 2018 The storm that steamrollered through the Sierra Nevada still threatened rain and snow through Saturday afternoon in Southern California, a few hundred miles away. CBS News, ""Avalanche!": 5 caught in "cloud of snow" after snowboarder dies during blizzard," 3 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of steamroller

Noun

1863, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1879, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

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steamroller

noun

English Language Learners Definition of steamroller

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

steamroller

noun
steam·roll·er | \ˈstēm-ˈrō-lər \

Kids Definition of steamroller

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

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