run roughshod over (someone or something)

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run roughshod over (someone or something)

To treat someone or something with marked disdain, brutality, or contempt; to act without regard for the well-being of something or someone. In her ascent to the top of the political ladder, the senator ran roughshod over anyone who stood in her way. This new administration has run roughshod over the political goodwill that the previous president forged with the recent foreign ally.
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Critics charge that the bankrupt former energy giant ran roughshod over the environment and the rights of indigenous peoples when it built a pipeline from the Bolivian city of Santa Cruz to the Cuiaba thermal power plant in Brazil's Mato Grosso state.
Sky producer Dave Lawrence replies: "I am shocked by Mr Nicolaou's accusation that Sky Sports ran roughshod over the rules and regulations.
Ben-Gurion assembled a crack scientific team led by a brilliantly inventive German emigre named Ernst Bergmann who ran roughshod over bureaucratic obstacles.
Young, who a year ago ran roughshod over Michigan in the Longhorns' first Rose Bowl appearance, had 467 total yards of offense in what might have been the greatest individual performance in the history of the storied Pasadena game.
His desert raiders ran roughshod over the Germans for 15 months until his capture
He dissented when a coalition of abortion enthusiasts and The-State-Can-Do-No-Wrong conservatives on the bench ran roughshod over the free speech rights of abortion protesters (Madsen v.
No one was more responsible for Texas' comeback than Young, the Longhorns' dual-threat quarterback who ran roughshod over the the Wolverines defense throughout the game.
Clark, who ran roughshod over West Coast Conference opponents as he established a school record with 86 stolen bases at USF in 1996, swiped 33 in 48 attempts for the JetHawks last season.
Sara Karloff is owed millions by Universal because the studio ran roughshod over her rights,'' said Allan Browne, Karloff's attorney.
The political message of the book concerns the way the Indians were first pushed off their land, out of their villages, and how this displacement continued as the Spanish colonialists were also pushed aside when the European settlers ran roughshod over all that preceded them,'' explained Flavia Potenza, producer of the radio show.