bulldoze

[bool-dohz]
verb (used with object), bulldozed, bulldozing.
1.
to clear, level, or reshape the contours of (land) by or as if by using a bulldozer: to bulldoze a building site.
2.
to clear away by or as if by using a bulldozer: to bulldoze trees from a site.
3.
to coerce or intimidate, as with threats.
verb (used without object), bulldozed, bulldozing.
4.
to use a bulldozer: To clear this rubble away we may have to bulldoze.
5.
to advance or force one's way in the manner of a bulldozer.

Origin:
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)
 
vb
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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bulldoze
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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Slang Dictionary

bulldoze definition


  1. tv.
    to apply pressure or force to get someone to do something. : You think you can bulldoze people into doing what you want!
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Example sentences
To get at the bitumen, the companies bulldoze wetlands to create vast open-pit
  mines.
Chaotically, but quickly, the studios are about to bulldoze conventional wisdom
  about how films should be sold.
The government wants to bulldoze the tree and cover the playground with
  concrete in order to erect a highrise.
Not at the wheel of a four-wheel-drive monster that could bulldoze its way
  through any kind of weather.
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