I. noun Date: 1863 1. a steam-driven road roller; broadly road roller 2. a crushing force especially when ruthlessly applied to overcome opposition II. verb or steamroll Date: 1879 transitive verb 1. to overwhelm usually by greatly superior force <
steamroller the opposition
2. to bring or advance by overwhelming force or pressure <
steamrollered the bill through the legislature
intransitive verb to move or proceed with irresistible force

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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