steamroller

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v steamroller make level or flat with a steamroller "steamroll the roads"
    • v steamroller overwhelm by using great force "steamroller the opposition"
    • v steamroller crush with a steamroller as if to level "steamroller the road"
    • v steamroller proceed with great force "The new teacher tends to steamroller"
    • v steamroller bring to a specified state by overwhelming force or pressure "The Senator steamrollered the bill to defeat"
    • n steamroller vehicle equipped with heavy wide smooth rollers for compacting roads and pavements
    • n steamroller a massive inexorable force that seems to crush everything in its way
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Quotations

  • Bob Boschert
    Bob Boschert
    “Silicon Valley is like a person running around in front of a steamroller. You can outrun the steamroller on any given day. But if you ever sit down you get squashed.”
  • Stewart Brand
    Stewart Brand
    “Once a new technology rolls over you, if you're not part of the steamroller, you're part of the road.”

Usage

In literature:

Technically and financially, AT&T gradually steamrollered the opposition.
"Hacker Crackdown" by Bruce Sterling
Beware of the steamroller.
"Ulysses" by James Joyce
People went about then counting the Russian millions; the steamroller fetish was to be evolved.
"The Great Impersonation" by E. Phillips Oppenheim
It was like getting a steamroller in motion to start Hickman.
"Pitching in a Pinch" by Christy Mathewson
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In news:

Roadrunners Steamroll Chinle In Five Innings.
Arlington Wizards steamroll through MLK tournament.
This year Mannheim Steamroller 's two touring ensembles will hold over 90 performances throughout the United States.
Mannheim Steamroller is coming back to Wichita, for one performance of their Christmas holiday show.
Mannheim Steamroller began as a fusion of classical techniques with New Age music.
Mannheim Steamroller preview at Palazzo.
New York has tasted steamrolling.
The Little Falls girls tennis team steamrolled Wadena-Deer Creek, Monday, dropping only one set in a 7-0 win.
Mission Continues Steamrolling Through Valley 4A With Trouncing Of Rival Mission Veterans.
Cowboys down across the board after getting steamrolled by Bears.
Archbishop Wood 36, Allentown Central Catholic 6 Wood steamrolls way to Hershey.
Christmas choirs, seasonal Steamroller among this week's artful festivities.
Steamrolled by a better team, ASU learned lessons.
Oregon zoomed to 21-0 first-quarter and 35-7 halftime leads thanks to three first-half Washington turnovers and superior team speed on its way to steamrolling the Huskies, 52-21, on Saturday in front of 58,792 at Autzen Stadium.
The Bemidji Lumberjacks hockey team went out in a blaze of glory Thursday night, steamrolling undermanned Greenway 12-3 before a small senior night turnout at The Glas.
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