transitive verb-·dozed·, -·doz·ing
- Informal to force or frighten by threatening; intimidate; bully
- to move, make level, dig out, etc. with a bulldozer
Origin of bulldozefrom noun bulldose, a severe beating from bull (Botany Bay slang), a flogging of 75 lashes + dose
verbbull·dozed, bull·doz·ing, bull·dozes
- To move, dig out, or demolish with a bulldozer: bulldozed the ground at the construction site; bulldozed a road through the woods; bulldozed the old building.
- To coerce, intimidate, or bully: “Noah gives way, wounded and resigned; she can always bulldoze him, and always could” ( Perri Klass )
- To do away with; terminate: “A massive bipartisan majority voted … to bulldoze the social programs of decades in the next 30 days” ( Peter Goldman )
- To operate a bulldozer.
- To proceed forcefully or insensitively: “intends to bulldoze ahead with plans for extensive reconstruction” ( New York Times )
Origin of bulldozePerhaps from alteration of obsolete bulldose severe beating bull 1 dose
(third-person singular simple present bulldozes, present participle bulldozing, simple past and past participle bulldozed)
- To destroy with a bulldozer.
- He's certainly very chirpy for a man whose house has just been bulldozed down.
- (UK) To push someone over by heading straight over them. Often used in conjunction with "over".
- He just ran across the field bulldozing everyone over.
- (UK) To push through forcefully.
- To push, as a bulldozer pushes
- (UK) To shoot down an idea immediately and forcefully.
- That was a good suggestion, but you just bulldozed it.
- (US, slang, dated) To intimidate; to restrain or coerce by intimidation or violence; used originally of the intimidation of black voters in Louisiana.