from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To clear, dig up, or move with a bulldozer.
- transitive v. To treat in an abusive manner; bully.
- transitive v. To coerce in an unsympathetic or cruel way. See Synonyms at intimidate.
- transitive v. To do away with; demolish: "A massive bipartisan majority voted . . . to bulldoze the social programs of decades in the next 30 days” ( Peter Goldman).
- intransitive v. To operate a bulldozer.
- intransitive v. To proceed forcefully or insensitively: "intends to bulldoze ahead with plans for extensive reconstruction” ( New York Times).
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To destroy with a bulldozer.
- v. to push someone over by heading straight over them. Often used in conjunction with "over".
- v. To push through forcefully.
- v. to shoot down an idea immediately and forcefully.
- v. To intimidate; to restrain or coerce by intimidation or violence; used originally of the intimidation of black voters in Louisiana.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To intimidate; to restrain or coerce by intimidation or violence; -- used originally of the intimidation of negro voters, in Louisiana.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To punish summarily with a bull-whip; cowhide.
- To coerce or intimidate by violence or threats; especially, in politics, to bully; influence unfairly: applied particularly to the practices of some southern whites since the civil war.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. flatten with or as if with a bulldozer
Perhaps from alteration of obsolete bulldose, severe beating : bull1 + dose.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)