How Did the Bulldozer Get its Name, What Does it Mean, and How Did the Word Originate?

“Bulldozer” is a metaphor that originated in the Deep South during Reconstruction.

A “bull-dose” was a dose of the bullwhip and was used by American terrorist groups to inhibit freed black slaves from using their new mandate to vote.

In 1925, when a machine appeared that could change everything in its path through sheer force, it took the name bulldozer from the bullwhip and changed the meaning of the word.

how did the bulldozer get its name what does it mean and how did the word originate

We call a powerful earth-moving tractor a “bulldozer”.

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