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"steamroller" in British English

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steamrollernoun [C]

uk   /ˈstiːmˌrəʊ.lər/  us   /-ˌroʊ.lɚ/

steamroller noun [C] (VEHICLE)

a ​vehicle that ​movesforward on a ​large, ​heavywheel in ​order to make a ​roadsurfaceflat

steamroller noun [C] (FORCE)

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

steamrollerverb [T]

uk   /ˈstiːmˌrəʊ.lər/  us   /-ˌroʊ.lɚ/ informal
to use ​greatforce 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.
(Definition of steamroller from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"steamroller" in American English

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steamrollernoun [C]

 us   /ˈstimˌroʊ·lər/

steamroller noun [C] (VEHICLE)

a ​vehicle whose ​wheels are ​large, ​heavycylinders that ​roll over a ​roadsurface to make it ​flat

steamrollerverb [T]

 us   /ˈstimˌroʊ·lər/ (also steamroll,  /ˈstimˌroʊl/ )

steamroller verb [T] (FORCE)

to use ​greatforce to make someone do something or to make (something) ​happen: He steamrollered the ​bill through ​Congress.
(Definition of steamroller from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"steamroller" in Business English

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steamrollernoun

uk   us   /ˈstiːmˌrəʊlər/
[C] a large, ​heavymachine that rolls over the surface of a new road to make it ​flat
[C, usually singular] a powerful ​force that easily defeats anything ​opposing it: It is hard for ​smallbusinesses to ​compete against the steamroller of ​globalization.

steamrollerverb [T]

uk   us   /ˈstiːmˌrəʊlər/ (also steamroll)
to ​achieve something using a great ​amount of ​force, ​pressure, or ​influence: steamroller sb into doing sth A ​salesassistanttried to steamroller him into ​buying a €50 ​warranty.steamroller sth through (sth) The ​vote was criticized as an ​effort to steamroll the ​legislation through before Sunday's ​generalelection.
to defeat someone by using a great ​amount of ​force, ​pressure, or ​influence: The ​company is so ​big they simply steamroller the ​competition.
(Definition of steamroller from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “steamroller”
in Chinese (Simplified) 车辆, 蒸汽压路机…
in Chinese (Traditional) 車輛, 蒸氣壓路機…
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