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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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British Dictionary definitions for bulldozers

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 bulldozers

bulldozer

n.

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

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Slang definitions & phrases for bulldozers

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.
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Encyclopedia Article for bulldozers

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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