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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They may not agree with her policies (although many of them are being continued by the present Government), but she was our first woman Prime Minister, a role which she played, in my opinion, to perfection, always 'backing Britain', refusing to allow the European Commission to ride roughshod over us, and in winning three elections, it showed that she had the majority of electors behind her.
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The basic charge - that somehow there's a conspiracy to take your car and ride roughshod over your constitutional rights - just isn't true,'' said Gary Patton, general counsel for the Planning and Conservation League.
They seem only to do what they want to do and ride roughshod over all other ideas.
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They must also learn they cannot ride roughshod over the council taxpayers.
The weekend decision to ride roughshod over the Glens' pride and feelings has hammered another nail in the coffin lid of the competition.
WHEN are the people of this once great nation going to stand up and be counted instead of letting this government ride roughshod over them?
But the demands of business and finance have not been allowed to ride roughshod over the protection of wildlife.
But the Blairites can no longer be s o cocky and ride roughshod over both Parliament and the wider Labour Party.
THE Government's shake-up in the planning system will lead to ``precious'' greenbelt land being concreted as centralised policy-makers ride roughshod over the wishes of local people, the Conservatives warned yesterday.