ride roughshod over

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ride roughshod over (someone or something)

To treat someone or something with marked disdain, brutality, or contempt; to act without regard for the wellbeing of something or someone. In her ascent to the top of the political ladder, the senator rode roughshod over anyone who stood in her way. The new management team has ridden roughshod over the projects that we've been planning for months.
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ride roughshod over someone or something

 and run roughshod over someone or something
Fig. to treat someone or something with disdain or scorn. Tom seems to ride roughshod over his friends. You shouldn't have come into our town to ride roughshod over our laws and our traditions.
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ride roughshod over

Act without regard for the feelings or interests of others, as in She just forges on, riding roughshod over her colleagues. This term alludes to the practice of arming horses with horseshoes mounted with projecting nails or points, which both gave them better traction and served as a weapon against fallen enemy soldiers. By 1800 it was being used figuratively for bullying behavior.
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ride roughshod over

carry out your own plans or wishes with arrogant disregard for others.
1977 Times Literary Supplement Sociologists are notorious for their use of generalizing terms that ride roughshod over the particularities of history.
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ride ˈroughshod over somebody/something

(especially British English) (American English usually run ˈroughshod over somebody/something) treat somebody/somebody’s feelings, ideas, protests, etc. with no respect at all because you do not consider them important: The local authority rode roughshod over the protests of parents and closed down the school.
Roughshod is an old word to describe a horse that was wearing shoes with nails that stick out.

ride roughshod over

To treat with brutal force: a manager who rode roughshod over all opposition.
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For five years this Government has run roughshod over communities by closing local libraries and cutting local services.
Notions of martyrdom and Jihad run roughshod over the argument put forward by Mr Saunders.
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.
Doing this will show the mayor to be a leader and a thinker, and not one who tolerates vindictive, politically motivated prosecutors to run roughshod over those making the world better.
For too many years, councillors have run roughshod over local communities, destroying their housing and other buildings of architectural significance, the consequence of which is fractured communities, apathy, crime and concrete jungles.
THE FEDERAL government has transformed grand juries into "inquisitorial bulldozers that run roughshod over the constitutional rights of citizens," warns a new study from the Cato Institute.
Kennedy School of Government and NBC National Security Analyst) will lead the post-play discussion, which asks whether Bush presides over an "imperial presidency," and will focus on whether the President has abused his executive powers and run roughshod over the legislative and judicial branches in prosecuting his war on terrorism.
In California, we've seen redevelopment agencies run roughshod over property owners for years.
A less reasonable fear is that Gill will run roughshod over the claiming ranks here and frustrate horseplayers with prohibitive favorites, as he did last winter at Gulfstream Park, where his trainer Mark Shuman saddled a track-record 87 winners, more than the next three men in the standings combined.
Circuit Court of Appeals has run roughshod over California's recall election.
Allow those in athletics to run roughshod over the first 10 amendments and our Bill of Rights inches one step closer to becoming just another bill of goods.
Sure, it may have run roughshod over the film's anti-materialism subtext, but it underscored how influential the entertainment media were in defining our love for cars.
On the other hand, Mountain Lion Foundation executive Lynn Sadler said it isn't fair for the DFG to run roughshod over these organizations.