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bulldozer

[boo l-doh-zer] /ˈbʊlˌdoʊ zər/
noun
1.
a large, powerful tractor having a vertical blade at the front end for moving earth, tree stumps, rocks, etc.
2.
a person who intimidates or coerces.
Origin
1875-1880
1875-80, Americanism; 1925-30 for def 1; bulldoze + -er1
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  • While pounding the rebels in the hillside with rockets, they brought in a bulldozer to clear the first barricade.
  • The only noise comes from a bulldozer smoothing the coal-mound and the cawing of rooks.
  • Install a phone and some sensors inside a bulldozer, and it can call a mechanic before it goes wrong.
  • Amazing video of brand new suburban homes being razed by bulldozer.
  • After the family left, the bulldozer eased into the current and pushed the tires onto the south bank.
  • The ceremony can begin as soon as the bulldozer arrives.
  • Divers found his bulldozer at the bottom of a pond, but not his body.
  • Two weeks ago, the businessmen sent out a bulldozer that began to clear the peasants' plots.
  • Then, as he enters the infield and climbs into an idling bulldozer, the children's chatter turns to squeals.
  • Above this tableau, at the lip of the ravine, a bulldozer idles.
British Dictionary definitions for bulldozer

bulldozer

/ˈbʊlˌdəʊzə/
noun
1.
a powerful tractor fitted with caterpillar tracks and a blade at the front, used for moving earth, rocks, etc
2.
(informal) a person who bulldozes
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Word Origin and History for bulldozer
n.

"person who intimidates by violence," 1876, agent noun from bulldoze (q.v.). Meaning extended to ground-clearing caterpillar tractor in 1930.

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

bulldozer

noun
  1. A person who bulldozes (1870s+)
  2. A revolver (1880s+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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Encyclopedia Article for bulldozer

powerful machine for pushing earth or rocks, used in road building, farming, construction, and wrecking; it consists of a heavy, broad steel blade or plate mounted on the front of a tractor. Sometimes it uses a four-wheel-drive tractor, but usually a track or crawler type, mounted on continuous metal treads, is employed. The blade may be lifted and forced down by hydraulic rams. For digging, the blade is held below surface level; for transporting, it is held at the surface level; and for spreading, it is held above the surface level, as the tractor moves forward

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