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bulldoze

Line breaks: bull|doze
Pronunciation: /ˈbʊldəʊz
 
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Definition of bulldoze in English:

verb

[with object]
1Clear (ground) or destroy (buildings, trees, etc.) with a bulldozer: developers are bulldozing the site
More example sentences
  • Around the Twin Cities, developers like to bulldoze all the trees, dig a hole, build monster lookalike houses around it and call it a pond.
  • Temples, ancient settlements and old and historical buildings have been bulldozed to make way for various development projects.
  • The Northwest Transport freight truck left the road and ploughed into the fringe of trees between the road and the Mayo power line clearing, bulldozing its own small clearing and making it difficult to get at.
Synonyms
demolish, knock down, tear down, pull down, flatten, fell, level, raze, raze to the ground, clear, destroy, lay waste to
1.1Use force insensitively when dealing with (someone or something): she believes that to build status you need to bulldoze everyone else
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  • Grant plays George Wade, a millionaire real estate developer determined to bulldoze anything that stands in the way of his company's plans.
  • First, he bulldozed French flanker Serge Betsen before forcing his way over the try line with similar ferocity on the hour mark after a period of sustained pressure.
  • And I am personally not averse to bulldozing my way towards what I want with any clever approach I can dream up.
Synonyms
bully, hector, browbeat, intimidate, coerce, steamroller, badger, boss about/around, dragoon, cow, bludgeon, persecute, domineer, oppress, pressure, pressurize, tyrannize, terrorize, menace, subjugate, strong-arm, use strong-arm tactics on
informal railroad, lean on

Origin

late 19th century (originally US in the sense 'intimidate'): from bull1 + -doze, alteration of the noun dose.

Words that rhyme with bulldoze

bandeauxfricandeaux

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