bull doze


verb (used with object), bulldozed, bulldozing.
to clear, level, or reshape the contours of (land) by or as if by using a bulldozer: to bulldoze a building site.
to clear away by or as if by using a bulldozer: to bulldoze trees from a site.
to coerce or intimidate, as with threats.
verb (used without object), bulldozed, bulldozing.
to use a bulldozer: To clear this rubble away we may have to bulldoze.
to advance or force one's way in the manner of a bulldozer.

1875–80, Americanism; origin uncertain; the notion that it represents a v. use of bull dose, i.e., a dose fit for a bull, is probably specious; defs. 1, 2, 4, 5 are back formations from bulldozer tractor

3. browbeat, cow, bully, hector; tyrannize.
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bulldoze (ˈbʊlˌdəʊz)
1.  to move, demolish, flatten, etc, with a bulldozer
2.  informal to force; push: he bulldozed his way through the crowd
3.  informal to intimidate or coerce
[C19: probably from bull1 + dose]

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Word Origin & History

1876, originally a noun, bulldose "a severe beating or lashing," lit. "a dose fit for a bull," a slang word referring to the intimidation beating of black voters (by either blacks or whites) in the chaotic 1876 U.S. presidential election. As a verb, by 1880.
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