- a heavy, originally steam-driven, machine with rollers, used in building and repairing roads
- an overwhelming power or influence, esp. when used relentlessly to force acceptance of a policy, override opposition, etc.
- to bring overwhelming force to bear upon; crush or override as if with a steamroller
- to cause the passage or defeat of (a legislative bill, etc.), or make (one's way, etc.), by crushing opposition or overriding obstacles
to move with overwhelming force, or use steamroller tactics
Also, for & , steam′roll·
- a. A steam-driven machine equipped with a heavy roller for smoothing road surfaces.b. A similar machine with an internal-combustion engine.
- A ruthless or irresistible force or power.
verbalso steam·roll steam·roll·ered, steam·roll·er·ing, steam·roll·ers also steam·rolled or steam·roll·ing or steam·rolls
- To smooth or level (a road) with a steamroller.
- To overwhelm or suppress ruthlessly; crush.
To move or proceed with overwhelming or crushing force.