Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “steamroller”

See all translations

steamroller

noun [C] uk   /ˈstiːmˌrəʊ.lər/ us    /-ˌroʊ.lɚ/

steamroller noun [C] (VEHICLE)

a vehicle that moves forward on a large, heavy wheel in order to make a road surface flat

steamroller noun [C] (FORCE)

informal a person who forces other people to agree with them and prevents any opposition

steamroller

verb [T] uk   /ˈstiːmˌrəʊ.lər/ us    /-ˌroʊ.lɚ/ informal
to use great force either to make someone do something or on something to make it happen or be successful: He steamrollered the plan through the committee. I hate being steamrollered into doing something I don't want to.
Translations of “steamroller”
in Chinese (Traditional) 車輛, 蒸氣壓路機…
in Chinese (Simplified) 车辆, 蒸汽压路机…
(Definition of steamroller from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of steamroller?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “steamroller” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

thug

a man who acts violently, especially to commit a crime

Word of the Day

The way we move (Verbs for walking and running)

by Kate Woodford,
March 25, 2015
​​​ This week we’re looking at interesting ways to describe the way that people move. Most of the verbs that we’ll be considering describe how fast or slow people move. Others describe the attitude or state of mind of the person walking or running. Some describe both. Starting with verbs for walking slowly,

Read More 

crossfit noun

March 23, 2015
high-intensity strength training Two women in strappy dresses discussed how much weight they could snatch

Read More