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From earlier bulldose (noun, literally bull-dose, a dose fit for a bull), equivalent to bull +‎ dose.



bulldoze (third-person singular simple present bulldozes, present participle bulldozing, simple past and past participle bulldozed)

  1. To destroy with a bulldozer.
    He's certainly very chirpy for a man whose house has just been bulldozed down.
    • 2020 June 15, Coconuts Bangkok, “Chulalongkorn set to bulldoze historic Chinese-Thai shrine, build condos”, in coconuts.co[1], Bangkok: coconuts.co, retrieved 2020-06-16:
      Chulalongkorn [University] set to bulldoze historic Chinese-Thai shrine, build condos
  2. (Britain) To push someone over by heading straight over them. Often used in conjunction with "over".
    He just ran across the field bulldozing everyone over.
  3. (Britain) To push through forcefully.
    • 2012 November 10, Amy Lawrence, “Fulham's Mark Schwarzer saves late penalty in dramatic draw at Arsenal”, in The Guardian[2]:
      For the second time in a week, Wenger's team gave themselves an encouraging platform. In the 11th minute Theo Walcott drilled in a corner, and Olivier Giroud bulldozed through unopposed to thump the ball goalwards.
  4. To push into a heap, as a bulldozer does.
    • 1975, Saul Bellow, Humboldt's Gift [Avon ed., 1976, p. 469]:
      There stood a low yellow compact machine which apparently did the digging and bull-dozed back the earth.
    Again the animal had bulldozed all of its bedding into a heap at one end of its cage.
  5. (Britain) To shoot down an idea immediately and forcefully.
    That was a good suggestion, but you just bulldozed it.
  6. (US, slang, dated) To intimidate; to restrain or coerce by intimidation or violence; used originally of the intimidation of black voters in Louisiana.



Kelly, John. "What in the Word?! The racist roots of 'bulldozer'". Oxford Dictionaries. Oxford University Press. Retrieved 21 October 2018.

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