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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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ride roughshod over, to

To act without consideration for another’s feelings or interests. The term comes from the seventeenth-century practice of arming cavalry horses with horseshoes mounted with projecting nails or points. This not only gave the horses better footing on slippery terrain but also served as a weapon against fallen enemy troops. Within the next hundred years or so the term was transferred to domineering behavior, overriding others without regard or respect. An 1861 issue of the Saturday Review stated, “We have ridden roughshod over neutrals in our time.”
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And the ``National Council'' clinches it, an embarrassingly condescending concession to Wales that only goes to prove that their ``democracy'' is based more on anti-EU xenophobia than any concern over the transition of powers to and from sovereign states, and their views ride roughshod over the needs of smaller nations and cultures in an increasingly globalised world.
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