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[boo l-doh-zer] /ˈbʊlˌdoʊ zər/
a large, powerful tractor having a vertical blade at the front end for moving earth, tree stumps, rocks, etc.
a person who intimidates or coerces.
Origin of bulldozer
1875-80, Americanism; 1925-30 for def 1; bulldoze + -er1 Unabridged
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Examples from the web for bulldozer
  • 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


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

"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


  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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