run roughshod over (someone or something)

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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 well-being 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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For five years this Government has run roughshod over communities by closing local libraries and cutting local services.
Notions of martyrdom and Jihad run roughshod over the argument put forward by Mr Saunders.
Or, as it now appears, are we puppets of TV broadcasters and their time restraints which have run roughshod over the rules and regulations that have protected the integrity and enjoyment of the sport for years?
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.
For too many years, councillors have run roughshod over local communities, destroying their housing and other buildings of architectural significance, the consequence of which is fractured communities, apathy, crime and concrete jungles.
THE FEDERAL government has transformed grand juries into "inquisitorial bulldozers that run roughshod over the constitutional rights of citizens," warns a new study from the Cato Institute.