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steamroller

1. noun Someone or something that holds immense, irresistible, and merciless force or power. Alluding to the unstoppable nature of a literal steamroller. The country's huge military has become a steamroller, wiping out nearly every other country in the region. The team's defensive tackle is an absolute steamroller, pushing offensive linemen aside like they were children.
2. verb To move forward with destructive, crushing force. The tank just steamrollered through the town, smashing everything in its path.
3. To progress with relentless, overpowering force. The unlikely political candidate has steamrollered through the elections, eliminating every opponent that has stood in her way.
4. To cause something to be accepted, passed, adopted, etc., by relentless, overpowering force. The political party is trying to steamroller the legislation through Congress.

steamroller

tv. to force something to be approved; to force something to happen. He plans to steamroller this bill through Congress, but it just won’t work.
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The doom and gloom on the Airdrie message boards pre-season - caused by the late transfer activity that had the fans up in arms - was forgotten as we steamrollered a poor Alloa side.
The world No.2 now meets another Russian, Svetlana Kuznetsova, who steamrollered countrywoman Anna Chakvetadze 6-1 6-1.
The German team, drawn from workers at Ford's Cologne plant, had steamrollered their way past Russia, Spain and France to get to the final, and they overpowered the plucky Welsh lads to record a 6-0 win and be named as champions.
Livvy were simply steamrollered off the park as Rangers led 2-0 at half-time through strikes by Tore Andre Flo and Claudio Caniggia.
Ronnie O'Sullivan, who steamrollered all-comers in Group B, will meet Group A runner-up Stephen Hendry tomorrow.
DC steamrollered Glebe the week before, but it was clear early on that this wouldn't be so straightforward.
The world No.2 now meets another Russian Svetlana Kuznetsova who steamrollered countrywoman Anna Chakvetadze 6-1 6-1.
It was a very different story this time as the British number two scrapped his way through the first set for a 6-3 verdict and then steamrollered the second 6-1.
Edinburgh steamrollered arch-rivals Glasgow at Armadale last night to stay on track for a place in the Premier Trophy semis.
Gloucester steamrollered their way to Twickenham for the first time since 1990, beating Sale 33-11 with brutal display of pack power.
She says public concerns about preserving the site - green belt land either side of the M42 - are being steamrollered into all three planning applications for motorway service stations in the area.
Players' boss Gordon Taylor will not be steamrollered into accepting the government's relaxed proposals on work permits.
GLENN ROEDER got his marching orders to add insult to injury as Norwich were steamrollered at Pride Park.
DUNFERMLINE boss Davie Hay has warned his side they could be STEAMROLLERED by Rangers if they lose a goal and collapse.
But Mr Malcolm Connigale, aged 57, secretary of the Windmill Tenants' Association, said he had lived in his flat for six years and felt he was being "steamrollered" into getting out.