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English noun: steamroller

1. steamroller (person) a massive inexorable force that seems to crush everything in its way


Broader (hypernym)force, power

2. steamroller (artifact) vehicle equipped with heavy wide smooth rollers for compacting roads and pavements

Synonymsroad roller

Broader (hypernym)vehicle

English verb: steamroller

1. steamroller (social) bring to a specified state by overwhelming force or pressure

SamplesThe Senator steamrollered the bill to defeat.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something PP

Broader (hypernym)coerce, force, hale, pressure, squeeze

Verb groupsteamroll, steamroll, steamroller, steamroller

2. steamroller (social) proceed with great force

SamplesThe new teacher tends to steamroller.


Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Somebody ----s

Broader (hypernym)go, move, proceed

Verb groupsteamroll, steamroller

3. steamroller (contact) crush with a steamroller as if to level

SamplesSteamroller the road.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)crush, mash, squash, squeeze, squelch

4. steamroller (competition) overwhelm by using great force

SamplesSteamroller the opposition.

ExamplesSam cannot steamroller Sue


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody.
Something ----s somebody.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)overmaster, overpower, overwhelm

Verb groupsteamroll, steamroller

5. steamroller (change) make level or flat with a steamroller

SamplesSteamroll the roads.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)flatten

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