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[boo l-dohz] /ˈbʊlˌdoʊz/
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.
Origin of bulldoze
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. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for bulldoze
  • 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.
  • Elephants are strong enough to bulldoze entire trees and you might think that there can be no defence against such brute strength.
  • So either you really want to bulldoze away everything.
  • Commercial real estate may soon bulldoze the green shoots.
  • Then, bulldoze across the rows starting at the pond center, moving toward the nearer levee.
  • Fuel is required to take them to the landfill and to bulldoze them in when they get there.
  • He did not plant large expanses of lawn, bulldoze the site to make it level, or cut down many trees.
British Dictionary definitions for bulldoze


verb (transitive)
to move, demolish, flatten, etc, with a bulldozer
(informal) to force; push: he bulldozed his way through the crowd
(informal) to intimidate or coerce
Word Origin
C19: probably from bull1 + dose
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Word Origin and History for bulldoze

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for bulldoze



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]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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