American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A steam-driven machine equipped with a heavy roller for smoothing road surfaces.
- n. A similar machine with an internal-combustion engine.
- n. A ruthless or irresistible force or power.
- v. To smooth or level (a road) with a steamroller.
- v. To overwhelm or suppress ruthlessly; crush.
- v. To move or proceed with overwhelming or crushing force.
- n. a steam-powered heavy road roller
- n. informal Any heavy road roller
- n. by extension any seemingly irresistible force
- n. a pipe, used for smoking cannabis, open at both ends and having a bowl near one end; it rolls the smoke (steam)
- v. to level a road using a steamroller
- v. to proceed ruthlessly against all opposition as if with an overwhelming force; to overpower
- v. bring to a specified state by overwhelming force or pressure
- v. make level or flat with a steamroller
- n. a massive inexorable force that seems to crush everything in its way
- v. crush with a steamroller as if to level
- n. vehicle equipped with heavy wide smooth rollers for compacting roads and pavements
- v. overwhelm by using great force
- v. proceed with great force
“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.”
“Spitzer is using what he calls steamroller tactics.”
“But unless it comes out of the gates strong, I doubt it will return next Fall, especially considering the fact that NBC will at that time cede five hours of Prime Time programming per week to Jay Leno (and seeing asKings will occupy the 10 PM slot, the Leno steamroller is heading in its direction).”
“You use that word steamroller, which is something he said when he first came into office.”
“If anyone believes the Spartans 'steamroller is losing speed, consider they have been No. 1 in USATODAY's final Super 25 ranking three of the past four years.”
“Not just about you sexual indiscretions, but also your self righteous conduct as Attorney General and your attitude that you are the "steamroller".”
“From a reading of the available biographical sources it seems hard to deny that Peter Weiss did engage in a fairly advanced degree of creative and political opportunism, often tailoring his writing, painting and films to the intellectual fashions and preoccupations of his era - and with a degree of single-minded, humorless obduracy that led at least one contemporary observer to describe him as a "steamroller".”
“The last crusading attorney general to take the office, Eliot Spitzer, bragged that he was a political "steamroller," but his style as an intimidator doomed his initiatives, even before he lost his office in a prostitution scandal.”
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