- Informal to force or frighten by threatening; intimidate; bully
- to move, make level, dig out, etc. with a bulldozer
Origin of bulldoze; from 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 &ellipsis; 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 : bull1 + 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.