bulldoze

EnglishEdit

EtymologyEdit

From earlier bulldose (noun, literally bull-dose": "a dose fit for a bull), equivalent to bull +‎ dose.

VerbEdit

bulldoze (third-person singular simple present bulldozes, present participle bulldozing, simple past and past participle bulldozed)

  1. To destroy with a bulldozer.
    He's certainly very chirpy for a man whose house has just been bulldozed down.
  2. (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.
  3. (UK) To push through forcefully.
  4. To push, as a bulldozer pushes
    • "Again the animal had bulldozed all its bedding with its fat bottom into a heap at one end of its cage."
  5. (UK) To shoot down an idea immediately and forcefully.
    That was a good suggestion, but you just bulldozed it.
  6. (US, slang, dated) To intimidate; to restrain or coerce by intimidation or violence; used originally of the intimidation of black voters in Louisiana.
Last modified on 7 April 2014, at 05:28