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steam·roll·er

 (stēm′rō′lər)
n.
1.
a. A steam-driven machine equipped with a heavy roller for smoothing road surfaces.
b. A similar machine with an internal-combustion engine.
2. A ruthless or irresistible force or power.
v. also steam·roll (-rōl′) steam·roll·ered, steam·roll·er·ing, steam·roll·ers also steam·rolled or steam·roll·ing or steam·rolls
v.tr.
1. To smooth or level (a road) with a steamroller.
2. To overwhelm or suppress ruthlessly; crush.
v.intr.
To move or proceed with overwhelming or crushing force.

steam•roll•er

(ˈstimˌroʊ lər)

n.
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, esp. a ruthless one.
v.t.
4. to crush or flatten with a steamroller.
5. to overcome with superior force.
6. to bring about the adoption of by overwhelming pressure: to steamroller the resolution through.
v.i.
7. to proceed with implacable force.
adj.
8. ruthlessly overpowering.
[1865–70]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.steamroll - bring to a specified state by overwhelming force or pressure; "The Senator steamrollered the bill to defeat"
steamroll, steamroller - overwhelm by using great force; "steamroller the opposition"
steamroll, steamroller - proceed with great force; "The new teacher tends to steamroller"
coerce, force, hale, pressure, squeeze - to cause to do through pressure or necessity, by physical, moral or intellectual means :"She forced him to take a job in the city"; "He squeezed her for information"
2.steamroll - proceed with great force; "The new teacher tends to steamroller"
go, proceed, move - follow a procedure or take a course; "We should go farther in this matter"; "She went through a lot of trouble"; "go about the world in a certain manner"; "Messages must go through diplomatic channels"
steamroll, steamroller - bring to a specified state by overwhelming force or pressure; "The Senator steamrollered the bill to defeat"
3.steamroll - overwhelm by using great force; "steamroller the opposition"
overmaster, overpower, overwhelm - overcome by superior force
steamroll, steamroller - bring to a specified state by overwhelming force or pressure; "The Senator steamrollered the bill to defeat"
4.steamroll - make level or flat with a steamroller; "steamroll the roads"
flatten - make flat or flatter; "flatten a road"; "flatten your stomach with these exercises"
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