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trample someone or something down

to crush down someone or something with the feet. Stay out of crowds at rock concerts. Those kids will trample you down if they get excited. The cows trampled down the stalks of corn.
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trample someone or something to something

to stomp or crush someone or something underfoot to the point of death or destruction. The elephant trampled the photographer to death. All the joggers trampled the grass to a muddy mess.
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trample something out

to create a pathway by marching or stamping the same trail over and over. The mail carriers have trampled a path out through my marigolds! Jim trampled out a path in my garden.
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trample (up)on someone or something

to crush someone or something underfoot. (Upon is formal and less commonly used than on.) Please don't trample upon the flowers! The bulls running through the streets trampled on some of the bystanders.
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trample on

1. To tread heavily or destructively on something: The children trampled on the flowers.
2. To inflict injury on something as if by treading heavily: Why do you trample on the feelings of those around you?
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Contents: John Cage, Cartridge Music (1960) [Cage, David Tudor, cartridges and contact microphones]; Christian Wolff, Duo for Violinist and Pianist (1961) [Kenji Kobayashi, violin; Tudor, piano]; Wolff, Duet II for Horn and Piano (1961) [Howard Hillyer, horn; Tudor, piano]; Wolff, Summer for String Quartet (1961) [Matthew Raimondi, Kobayashi, violins; Walter Trampler, viola; David Soyer, cello].
I think it's a tragedy,'' Top Rank matchmaker Bruce Trampler said.
Bruce Trampler, promoter Bob Arum's matchmaker, said this could be De La Hoya's most difficult fight to date.
Trampler dismisses criticism of De La Hoya's resume as unfair.
Trampler said the fighter and his many advisers gathered for a meeting recently to make a blueprint for 1998, spending hours on the subject.
According to Trampler, Quartey and Trinidad have indicted in preliminary contact that they want financial parity even though De La Hoya is the draw, which doesn't sit well with De La Hoya's camp.
Trampler said a rematch with Whitaker, as well as Chavez, are also possibilities.
We can congratulate ourselves on our mostly mutual civility (inebriated tramplers notwithstanding), although at the climax of the Pines, which I find pompous anyway, I was briefly insulted and lightly slapped by a roving mad person.
For their part, the Americans--uncultured tramplers that they were--put forward three justifications for the United States' reluctance to honor these loans.
That illic sets itself above the istic of the great Enemy: 'you, dark tramplers, tyrant years'.
The subject of Amos's fourth vision warns would-be or current tramplers to leave the poor and needy alone.
Human beings are more than just "intruders, tramplers, and destroyers," asserts Thomas Palmer, author of Landscape with Reptile: Rattlesnakes in an Urban World (1992).