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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Tesco cannot be allowed to ride roughshod over everyone else.
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But that is still a tiny percentage of the arrogant roadsters who believe they can park and ride roughshod over the law.
Too frequently they ride roughshod over the concerns and feelings of the rest of us, telling us as little as they can get away with, while living their privileged lives shut away in isolation.
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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Let's just hope the necessary authorities now take a pragmatic view and make this a workable scheme in conjunction with the local residents, and not ride roughshod over their fight to maintain the Dixie Dean playing fields.
So property developers are upset they cannot ride roughshod over a community.
To a certain extent he succeeds, but screenwriter Mark Mills allows the whodunnit aspect of the plot to ride roughshod over characterisation, especially in the contrived finale.
Equally, it doesn't excuse Thomsonfly's disregard for the impact of their operations on local communities and their attempt to ride roughshod over the formal consultation process by imposing their own man (Lord Snape) and barring anyone who disagrees with them.
Once he's conned us into giving him a further five years in office, he will again ride roughshod over the trusting majority.
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.