steamroller

One of the large vehicles you might see on a construction site or road crew is a steamroller, which uses a large, heavy cylinder to smooth the surface of a road or other paved area. Be sure to stay out of its way!

Many people use the word steamroller to mean "road roller," although strictly speaking that's incorrect, since these modern vehicles aren't powered by a steam engine. A true steamroller had a smokebox and chimney, and the steam it produced enabled it to move forward as it rolled and compressed the surface below. Used figuratively, steamroller means something or someone that moves forward relentlessly, without regard for anyone who happens to be in its way.

Definitions of steamroller
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n vehicle equipped with heavy wide smooth rollers for compacting roads and pavements

Synonyms:
road roller
Type of:
vehicle
a conveyance that transports people or objects

n a massive inexorable force that seems to crush everything in its way

Synonyms:
juggernaut
Type of:
force, power
one possessing or exercising power or influence or authority

v crush with a steamroller as if to level

steamroller the road”
Type of:
crush, mash, squash, squeeze, squelch
compress with violence, out of natural shape or condition

v make level or flat with a steamroller

Synonyms:
steamroll
Type of:
flatten
make flat or flatter

v bring to a specified state by overwhelming force or pressure

“The Senator steamrollered the bill to defeat”
Synonyms:
steamroll
steamroll
overwhelm by using great force
steamroll
proceed with great force
Type of:
coerce, force, hale, pressure, squeeze
cause to do through pressure or necessity, by physical, moral or intellectual means

v overwhelm by using great force

steamroller the opposition”
Synonyms:
steamroll
steamroll
bring to a specified state by overwhelming force or pressure
Type of:
overmaster, overpower, overwhelm
overcome by superior force

v proceed with great force

“The new teacher tends to steamroller
Synonyms:
steamroll
steamroll
bring to a specified state by overwhelming force or pressure
Type of:
go, move, proceed
follow a procedure or take a course

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