steamroller definition, meaning - what is steamroller in the British English Dictionary & Thesaurus - Cambridge Dictionaries Online

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

prime time

in television and radio broadcasting, the time when the largest number of people are watching or listening

Word of the Day

The language of elections

by Liz Walter,
April 22, 2015
On May 7th, citizens of the UK will be going to the polls (having an election) to decide who will form the next government. This kind of election is known as a general election. The country is divided into 650 areas, called constituencies. Each constituency elects a member of parliament (MP) to

Read More 

e-juice noun

April 27, 2015
the liquid content in an e-cigarette, which includes nicotine and may be flavoured in various ways Cannabidiol oil that comes from industrial hemp plants, which is what is infused into our e-juice, is 100 per cent legal.

Read More