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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References in classic literature ?
Mr Swiveller was so much confounded by the single gentleman riding roughshod over him at this rate, that he stood looking at him almost as hard as he had looked at Miss Sally.
Insurance companies riding roughshod drivers anriatbCD "It is totally unacceptable insurance companies should be riding roughshod over drivers in this way.
Speak as you find, but I've found cyclists rude and quick to castigate motorists for misdemeanours while riding roughshod over the rulebook.
Your article by Tom Bodden (Daily Post, Nov 8) clearly shows that the Labour controlled assembly are once again riding roughshod over the people of Wales.
I have not seen evidence from anywhere in the country that have for tnightly collections that anyone is happy with this arrangement so why are Knowsley council riding roughshod over peoples wishes?
With the Tories riding roughshod all over the NHS and the country's public services, what is needed right now is a strong opposition.
It seems the government is only promoting its politically correct agenda, and riding roughshod over firmly-held Christian beliefs.
Yet, when it suits Coun Berman he is prepared to ride roughshod over the residents of Rumney, Llanrumney, Trowbridge and St Mellons to build a school on Rumney Recreation Ground, as well as riding roughshod over Bute Park Alliance and others.
Presumably, it's ideal for riding roughshod over the feelings of all those near and dear to you.
There is no simple answer to this problem, but riding roughshod over people's concerns is not an option and the needs of everyone - current and future residents - need to be carefully monitored.
The DeLay-Abramoff-Norqnist strategy of riding roughshod over your opponent concedes nothing--especially to the public interest.
When it was first staged at the National Theatre 20 years ago, Howard Brenton and David Hare's satire about an ogreish right-wing foreign entrepeneur riding roughshod over the British press was all too topical.
The peoples of Europe learned this lesson too late and have been fighting a desperate rearguard action for the past decade to stanch an avalanche of oppressive EU legislation and court decisions and prevent swarms of Brussels-based bureaucrats from riding roughshod over their local and national laws and cherished traditions.
THE leader of the region's rank-and-file bobbies today accused the Government of riding roughshod over a long-standing police pay agreement.
He continues to press ahead with his ill-thought out and ill-judged plans, riding roughshod over the vast majority of the people and their elected representatives.