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English noun: steamroller

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


Synonymsjuggernaut


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.


Synonymssteamroll


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.


Synonymssteamroll


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


Synonymssteamroll


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.


Synonymssteamroll


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


Broader (hypernym)flatten









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