Steam roller

steamroller

[steem-roh-ler]
noun
1.
a heavy steam-powered vehicle having a roller for crushing, compacting, or leveling materials used for a road or the like.
2.
(not in technical use) any similar vehicle with a roller.
3.
an overpowering force, especially one that crushes all opposition with ruthless disregard for individual rights.
verb (used with object)
4.
to crush or flatten with a steamroller.
5.
to overcome with superior force: to steamroller the competition.
6.
to bring about the adoption of by overwhelming pressure: to steamroller the resolution through.
verb (used without object)
7.
to proceed with implacable force.
adjective
8.
suggestive of a steamroller; ruthlessly overpowering: steamroller tactics.

Origin:
1865–70; steam + roller1

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steamroller or steam roller (ˈstiːmˌrəʊlə)
 
n
1.  a.  a steam-powered vehicle with heavy rollers at the front and rear used for compressing road surfaces during road-making
 b.  another word for roadroller
2.  a.  an overpowering force or a person with such force that overcomes all opposition
 b.  (as modifier): steamroller tactics
 
vb
3.  (tr) to crush (opposition, etc) by overpowering force
 
steam roller or steam roller
 
n
 
vb

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