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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steamroller definition


  1. tv.
    to force something to be approved; to force something to happen. : He plans to steamroller this bill through Congress, but it just won't work.
Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions by Richard A. Spears.Fourth Edition.
Copyright 2007. Published by McGraw-Hill Education.
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Example sentences
As the thunderstorm forms, rising air tilts this steamroller on its end.
There's no other way to avoid being run over by their steamroller.
The goal is for the steamroller to crush the fake cigarettes.
The motor was not driving asocial steamroller, flattening all participants into
  homogeneous pieces of a puzzle.
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