bull|doze «BUL DOHZ», transitive verb, -dozed, -doz|ing.
1. Informal. to frighten, sometimes by violence or threats; bully: »

The chairman tried to bulldoze the committee into voting for his proposal. When he tried to bulldoze Jordan's Premier, the Premier resigned (Time).

2. a) to move, clear, dig, or level with a bulldozer: »

But the houses have been bulldozed down to make this new thoroughfare (Listener).

b) Figurative. to force through or away; railroad: »

[He] bulldozed his idea through all opposition (Maclean's).

3. to flog severely.
[apparently < earlier bulldose a beating (literally) a dose for a bull]

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