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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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It has run roughshod over communities by shutting antenatal clinics which helped mums get together and stay together through their children's development.
Or, as it now appears, are we puppets of TV broadcasters and their time restraints which have run roughshod over the rules and regulations that have protected the integrity and enjoyment of the sport for years?
In our unilateral war on terror we have been too ready to run roughshod over the very laws and rules that protect our freedoms.
Plus, as often happens, these self-same "fresh thinkers" run roughshod over those who stand in their way, demanding what they shouldn't have and getting it because they are the chosen.
It is our elected representatives, and not the police, who legislate on our behalf, and it is simply not good enough for Mr Blair to run roughshod over legitimate debate about a very important civil liberties issue
No one knows what's responsible for this waning of fragrance by roses and other ornamental-flower varieties, including carnations and chrysanthemums, but scientists who investigate floral scent suspect that the flower breeding that's led to an estimated 18,000 rose cultivars in an ever-widening spectrum has run roughshod over fragrance.
Thus, by signing KT, we would put restrictions on America's energy output, while allowing India and China to run roughshod over theirs, and we would thereby tax America to enrich India and China, see?
Notions of martyrdom and jihad run roughshod over the logic that allowed the United States to pass half a century perched, more or less stably, on the brink of Armageddon.
But we can't allow money and fame to run roughshod over Scots law.
Prosecutors said Huy allowed Cam and his cronies to run roughshod over the city and its underworld, bribing, with apparent impunity, police and other officials from the lowest to the highest levels to ensure his supremacy as Ho Chi Minh City's criminal godfather.
The appeals court ruled that college administrators could not run roughshod over the college press, the way the U.
Grand schemes tend to run roughshod over the liberties of men.
You just don't run roughshod over people," he says.
Richardson has run roughshod over staff and federal law," said CREW Executive Director Melanie Sloan.
The multi-millionaire Belgian has now been able to run roughshod over 109 years of English football history by brazenly turning the Addicks into a feeder for one of his other clubs, Standard Liege.