ride roughshod over (someone or something)

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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 someone/something

COMMON If someone rides roughshod over someone or something, they take decisions that will benefit themselves without considering what anyone else believes or wants. Bosses nowadays seem to think they can ride roughshod over unions. This is one of the few occasions in local government where voters can stop politicians riding roughshod over their wishes. Note: The verb run can be used instead of ride. Beaverbrook had run roughshod over the British military establishment to accomplish his objectives. Note: In the past, a roughshod horse had nail heads sticking out from its shoes, so it would not slip on icy roads. These shoes could cause terrible injuries if the horse rode over a person in a battle or by accident.

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 roughshod over

To treat with brutal force: a manager who rode roughshod over all opposition.
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Brown, Sarkozy, Merkel etc, have ridden roughshod over their people with no regard to personal freedom and the AU, UN, etc should take a firm stand against these anti-democratic individuals.
The Government has clearly ridden roughshod over all the independent advice that the contract should have gone to Cosford.
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John Wright,convener of the Unison GHA stewards, said: 'The GHA have ignored the protests of their staff, tenants and pensioners organisations and individual tenants and ridden roughshod over their views to remove another local facility.
In recent years Russell Goodway has ridden roughshod over the people of Cardiff, ignoring their views and acting like God.
When the Liberal Democrats took over, they promised to protect open space but once again they have ridden roughshod over their promises to the the people of Liverpool.
Warren and his cohorts have ridden roughshod over Jack Straw, the Scottish Parliament and the majority of Scottish people to stage their money-spinning bout.