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