Nevertheless, he warns, “I am afraid that some of our military heavyweights may bulldoze their way to stop the talks.”
by 1880, from an earlier noun, bulldose "a severe beating or lashing" (1876), literally "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. See bull (n.1) + dose (n.). Related: Bulldozed; bulldozing.
To intimidate; overcome by force •Early use of the term is connected with Southern politics of the Reconstruction period and describes the intimidation of black men who wished to vote: to bulldoze employees
[1870s+; fr bulldose, ''to beat, flog with a strip of leather,'' perhaps fr the notion of the dose of force needed to cow a bull]