treat like dirt


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treat (one) like dirt

To treat someone very poorly or disrespectfully. I'm not surprised that so many of your employees are quitting—you treat them like dirt!
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treat like dirt

Behave badly or show contempt toward, as in Her boss treats all the secretaries like dirt. This idiom uses dirt in the sense of "something worthless," a usage dating from the mid-1300s.
See also: dirt, like, treat