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run 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 ran roughshod over anyone who stood in her way. This new administration has run roughshod over the political goodwill that the previous president forged with the recent foreign ally.
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It has run roughshod over communities by ending day centres for the elderly and Sure Start for the young.
Notions of martyrdom and Jihad run roughshod over the argument put forward by Mr Saunders.
We have over 200 members on a Facebook page (90% from Wallsend) who want to save this iconic building and not let the council run roughshod over the regeneration of the town centre.
The FA is the governing body of football in this country, but it's authority has been eaten away since the formation of the Premier League, who have found it far too easy to run roughshod over the FA.
"Yes, we need to be mindful of our relationship with the Indians, but it doesn't mean they run roughshod over everyone else," he said.
Surely we do not, and would not run roughshod over our own people as they have?
Coun Packham has allegedly run roughshod over staff, belittling them in front of others and turning up late to official engagements.
"The biggest danger as we draw down is that the Shiites will run roughshod over the Sunnis," says Brian Katulis of the Center for American Progress, whose exit strategy, "Strategic Redeployment 2.0," is a blueprint for many Democrats on Capitol Hill.
On the other hand, it is at best harmonistic--and at worst a travesty of the text--to run roughshod over such distinctions as we have seen.
In our unilateral war on terror we have been too ready to run roughshod over the very laws and rules that protect our freedoms.
Plus, as often happens, these self-same "fresh thinkers" run roughshod over those who stand in their way, demanding what they shouldn't have and getting it because they are the chosen.
It is our elected representatives, and not the police, who legislate on our behalf, and it is simply not good enough for Mr Blair to run roughshod over legitimate debate about a very important civil liberties issue
No one knows what's responsible for this waning of fragrance by roses and other ornamental-flower varieties, including carnations and chrysanthemums, but scientists who investigate floral scent suspect that the flower breeding that's led to an estimated 18,000 rose cultivars in an ever-widening spectrum has run roughshod over fragrance.
If successful, it could set a strong precedent and help block future efforts by Religious Right conservatives in Congress to run roughshod over the nation's civil-rights laws.