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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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A STEAMROLLER that helped keep the city's roads passable during the Second World War made a nostalgic return to the streets to celebrate its 70th birthday.
The Aveling and Porter Ltd steamroller number 151 travelled at a snail's pace through the city centre - hitting a maximum speed of 3mph.
DOTTY Donna Taylor has passed her driving test - on a 10-mph STEAMROLLER.
In the first programme, the team sets to work on a 1923 Aveling and Porter steamroller called Hercules which lies in 2,000 rusty pieces in a West Country yard.
In the first programme, the team set to work on a 1923 Aveling and Porter steamroller called Hercules which lies in 2,000 rusty pieces in a West Country yard.
The dynamic implicit in "stakeholder consensus" steamrollers business interests into acquiesing to an expansion of government.