v. bull·dozed, bull·doz·ing, bull·dozes
1. To move, dig out, or demolish with a bulldozer: bulldozed the ground at the construction site; bulldozed a road through the woods; bulldozed the old building.
2. To coerce, intimidate, or bully: "Noah gives way, wounded and resigned; she can always bulldoze him, and always could" (Perri Klass).
3. To do away with; terminate: "A massive bipartisan majority voted ... to bulldoze the social programs of decades in the next 30 days" (Peter Goldman).
1. To operate a bulldozer.
2. To proceed forcefully or insensitively: "intends to bulldoze ahead with plans for extensive reconstruction" (New York Times).
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