Definition of bulldoze in English:



  • 1 Clear (ground) or destroy (buildings, trees, etc.) with a bulldozer.

    ‘developers are bulldozing the site’
    • ‘When sites are to be bulldozed, the blade should be maintained just at ground level.’
    • ‘Around the Twin Cities, developers like to bulldoze all the trees, dig a hole, build monster lookalike houses around it and call it a pond.’
    • ‘What seemed like the perfect tribute to a man who lived and breathed Manchester City quickly turned into despair as Phil realised hopes to keep the ground had faded and it was to be bulldozed.’
    • ‘Temples, ancient settlements and old and historical buildings have been bulldozed to make way for various development projects.’
    • ‘Local authority-owned facilities in the area, known as Hawthorn, could be bulldozed to make way for new buildings, possibly houses.’
    • ‘Countless houses have been bulldozed and olive trees uprooted in collective reprisals.’
    • ‘And they were also concerned that the present school building, which is not listed, would be bulldozed and replaced with housing.’
    • ‘Members of the battalion spent their two-week rotation bulldozing, clearing, flattening and widening the six-mile trail, which is owned by the Stark County Park District.’
    • ‘Unlike the concrete and terrazzo buildings that were bulldozed, the new Bullring has a nice mix of inside and outside space.’
    • ‘The Northwest Transport freight truck left the road and ploughed into the fringe of trees between the road and the Mayo power line clearing, bulldozing its own small clearing and making it difficult to get at.’
    • ‘Meanwhile the same ground has been bulldozed again, and ploughed.’
    • ‘The homes were considered unfit to live in and were bulldozed to the ground.’
    • ‘Trees on that farm will now be bulldozed and burned.’
    • ‘Some 25 years ago, plans were afoot to bulldoze one of the most significant buildings in Manchester.’
    • ‘Plans to bulldoze a prominent York building used as a supermarket for over 35 years look set to get the go-ahead.’
    • ‘There is a kind of insane fever of developing going on along South Africa's coastline, where developers are bulldozing, burning and building for construction's sake and not for any projected need of the locals.’
    • ‘Of course, Oxford can not - and should not - bulldoze its beautiful old buildings.’
    • ‘At the same time, Breakwater is preparing to bulldoze most of those buildings this summer as part of its clean-up plan.’
    • ‘A woman whose semi-detached home was damaged when a suspected gas blast razed the neighbouring house to the ground has been told her property will have to be bulldozed.’
    • ‘The former Bradford Ward Labour Club in Bridgeman Street, Bolton, will be bulldozed if a planning application to build homes on the site is approved.’
    demolish, knock down, tear down, pull down, flatten, fell, level, raze, raze to the ground, clear, destroy, lay waste to
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    1. 1.1Use force insensitively when dealing with (someone or something)
      ‘she believes that to build status you need to bulldoze everyone else’
      • ‘Last week's last-gasp victory over Partick Thistle may have been a frustrating, bulldozing affair, but yesterday a lot of their play was a joy to behold.’
      • ‘I used to have a great deal of respect for the way they operated their business, but now they seem to be just another faceless corporation, bulldozing their way through the law and common decency in pursuit of money.’
      • ‘What purpose did bulldozing the election serve?’
      • ‘First, he bulldozed French flanker Serge Betsen before forcing his way over the try line with similar ferocity on the hour mark after a period of sustained pressure.’
      • ‘Galashiels regards it as a triumph that the supermarket chain is bulldozing its way into town.’
      • ‘He added: ‘What amazes me is that some people in prominent positions in Leeds tried to bulldoze us into having the Love Parade again and I hope they are now having pause for thought.’’
      • ‘However laudable these goals, the implementation often bulldozes individual rights and autonomy, just as the old eugenicist planners did.’
      • ‘Still, for 50 minutes England was reduced to the ordinary and they reverted to type, attempting to bulldoze the Italians at every opportunity, a ploy that mostly failed.’
      • ‘And I am personally not averse to bulldozing my way towards what I want with any clever approach I can dream up.’
      • ‘She says it ignored the wishes of the people and it was bulldozed through by senior ruling party officials.’
      • ‘Grant plays George Wade, a millionaire real estate developer determined to bulldoze anything that stands in the way of his company's plans.’
      • ‘The government is acting like a dictator on this matter and bulldozing its way through everything.’
      • ‘‘It would be reasonable to set the recruitment criteria first and then far more appropriate to conduct a ballot for the panel rather than bulldozing it this way,’ he said.’
      • ‘These are the iron rules imposed by the world's most successful female pop star who has spent most of her career gleefully bulldozing the boundaries of decency on television, in films and in the pages of the press.’
      • ‘York responded, bulldozing their way forward.’
      • ‘The Secretariat is now bulldozing its way into Member's territory.’
      • ‘He just grabs his leading lady and bulldozes right on through, trashing just about every institution near and dear to the moral majority on the way.’
      • ‘We realise this has far reaching impacts on people's lives and it is not our intention to bulldoze people.’
      bully, hector, browbeat, intimidate, coerce, steamroller, badger, boss about, boss around, dragoon, cow, bludgeon, persecute, domineer, oppress, pressure, pressurize, tyrannize, terrorize, menace, subjugate, strong-arm, use strong-arm tactics on
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Late 19th century (originally US in the sense ‘intimidate’): from bull + -doze, alteration of the noun dose.