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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as the 'Birmingham End', a fatuous name-switch which runs roughshod over a century of proud Bears history while being enlightening only for for anyone watching the match in the mistaken belief that they are in Swindon, say, or Vladivostok.
One of the key differences between Sweeney and Andy Stern is that Sweeney remained true to the principles of union democracy and rank and file control, while Stern is committed to a corporate form of union organization that runs roughshod over the labor movement's best traditions of union democracy.
Unfortunately, director Evan Weinstein is determined to pound the audience with good cheer, and he runs roughshod over the play's more poignant moments: We have no time to absorb the stunning reversal in the last seconds of the play before the company returns for a feel-good reprisal.
Sometimes, especially in Los Angeles, it's the result of a government that consistently runs roughshod over the interests and concerns of local communities.
The main difference is that, instead of operating in Jersey, our anti-hero runs roughshod over a pivotal piece of real estate connecting the Atlantic and Pacific oceans and the drug fields of Colombia and the addicted souls of America.