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  • v. To flatten, as if with a steamroller
  • v. To ruthlessly crush or overwhelm

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. bring to a specified state by overwhelming force or pressure
  • v. make level or flat with a steamroller
  • v. overwhelm by using great force
  • v. proceed with great force


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  • Eliot Spitzer, elected in 2006 with a huge mandate, tried to "steamroll" a bunch of hacks in Albany.

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  • He accused the Government and ANC of trying to "steamroll" an agreement through the negotiating council.

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  • The Chinese certainly assume that they can "steamroll" this administration, as we saw from the last meeting there.

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  • Poizner says he supports a "two-tier" system for current and new state employees but doesn't think that a new governor will be able to come in and "steamroll" the unions.

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  • Other Democrats charged in 2005 that the Republican leadership wanted to "steamroll" legislation through Congress "with no hearings.")

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  • While it is obviously true that traditional progressive policy does not tend to give much weight to arbitrarily asserted unenumerated rights made up from whole cloth by activist judges (hello Roe v. Wade!) the purpose of progressivism was never to steamroll or disrespect the individual.

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  • I would criticize the progressive movement on the grounds that they could possible think more direct democracy was a good idea (that is, empower ordinary individuals in government too much, even though ordinary individuals are too ignorant to make complicated policy decisions), not on the grounds that they wanted to steamroll the individual.

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  • For years, the flying wedge was used to steamroll over defenders, causing injuries.

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  • President Obama should take a note from Bush 43 and just steamroll his policy, don't the democrats hold a majority on capital hill

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  • This is just another example of the minority wanting to steamroll real reform, it's their way or else and they could care less about what's best for the country.

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