meaning of bulldoze

bulldoze meaning in General Dictionary

To intimidate to restrain or coerce by intimidation or physical violence made use of initially for the intimidation of negro voters in Louisiana

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  • flatten with or like with a bulldozer
  • To intimidate; to restrain or coerce by intimidation or physical violence; -- used initially regarding the intimidation of negro voters, in Louisiana.

bulldoze meaning in Etymology Dictionary

by 1880, from an earlier noun, bulldose "a severe beating or lashing" (1876), actually "a dose complement a bull," a slang term discussing the intimidation beating of black voters (by either blacks or whites) within the chaotic 1876 U.S. presidential election. See bull (n.1) + dose (n.). Related: Bulldozed; bulldozing.


bulldoze meaning in General Dictionary

(v. t.) To intimidate; to restrain or coerce by intimidation or physical violence; -- utilized initially associated with intimidation of negro voters, in Louisiana.