Definitions

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

Etymologies

Perhaps from alteration of obsolete bulldose, severe beating : bull1 + dose.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • And then there is this so called "infill," aka bulldoze old city, built NYC here and now, but all 100 year old new modern (no "phony" craftsman for them).

    Crosscut

  • This is really no different than how foreign assistance and FDI are deployed by a plethora of other countries - such as Japan - but China's tendency is to 'bulldoze' its way into developing countries, providing cash and assistance in order to secure natural resources.

    Stephen Goldsmith: Geopolitics with Chinese Characteristics

  • This is the candidate who suggested it was okay to "bulldoze" the St. Petersburg Pier.

    Excuse me, Mr. Wagman, but how exactly do you plan on paying for 100 more cops?

  • The turtles may "bulldoze", pushing their heads through the soil, and then raise their earth-covered heads to peer about.

    Turtle

  • He says he wants to force the administration to "bulldoze" the Abu Ghraib prison, even though it was emptied of prisoners and turned over to the Iraqi government last year.

    From On High

  • His decision not to hold a poll is a "nakedly cynical" calculation that he can "bulldoze" the treaty into law.

    Archive 2007-09-01

  • And there's this new idea that we've heard about that you're going to kind of bulldoze and blow up everything around the government center and kind of make a park or a green zone.

    CNN Transcript Jul 5, 2006

  • The ANC claims the IFP is attempting to "bulldoze" its own federal constitutional principles through the legislature in order to break away from the rest of the country.

    ANC Daily News Briefing

  • In another development Thursday the NP and opposition parties walked out of a key education committee to protest what it described as attempts to "bulldoze" Minister Sibusiso Bengu's controversial Education Policy Bill through Parliament.

    ANC Daily News Briefing

  • She had no children, but a little pet negro named Simon, the son of a favorite maid who had died, filled a large place in her affections and used to "bulldoze" her as completely as if she had been the mother of a dozen unruly boys of her own.

    The war-time journal of a Georgia girl, 1864-1865,

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