- to move, demolish, flatten, etc, with a bulldozer
- informal to force; push
- informal to intimidate or coerce
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bull•doze /ˈbʊlˌdoʊz/USA pronunciation v. [~ + object], -dozed, -doz•ing.WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
- Civil Engineeringto clear, move, or reshape (the land) with or as if with a bulldozer:They bulldozed the area and started construction.
- Civil Engineeringto knock down or clear away by or as if by using a bulldozer: to bulldoze trees from a site.
- to force (someone) to do (something) by bullying;
coerce:[~ + object + into + verb-ing]We bulldozed him into buying the computer.
- to force (something) in the manner of a bulldozer:[~ + object]bulldozed his plan through Congress.
bull•doze (bŏŏl′dōz′),USA pronunciation v., -dozed, -doz•ing.
- Civil Engineeringto clear, level, or reshape the contours of (land) by or as if by using a bulldozer:to bulldoze a building site.
- Civil Engineeringto clear away by or as if by using a bulldozer:to bulldoze trees from a site.
- to coerce or intimidate, as with threats.
- Civil Engineeringto use a bulldozer:To clear this rubble away we may have to bulldoze.
- to advance or force one's way in the manner of a bulldozer.
- 1875–80, American; origin, originally uncertain; the notion that it represents a verb, verbal use of bull dose, i.e., a dose fit for a bull, is probably specious; defs. 1, 2, 4, 5 are back formations from bulldozer tractor
- 3.See corresponding entry in Unabridged browbeat, cow, bully, hector;
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bulldoze /ˈbʊlˌdəʊz/ vb (transitive)
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