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Definition of "steamroller" []

  • A steam-driven machine equipped with a heavy roller for smoothing road surfaces. (noun)
  • A similar machine with an internal-combustion engine. (noun)
  • A ruthless or irresistible force or power. (noun)
  • To smooth or level (a road) with a steamroller. (verb-transitive)
  • To overwhelm or suppress ruthlessly; crush. (verb-transitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "steamroller" in a sentence
  • "The governor using what he calls steamroller tactics and frankly, he says in has nothing to do with immigration."
  • "Spitzer ignoring the will of his people in New York using what he calls steamroller tactics to crush the opposition."
  • "He may be what he calls a steamroller, but I think he's a weak-kneed, spineless steamroller, who is absolutely acting against the interests of his citizens and ignoring, ignoring the will of New York State citizens."