trample


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trample (someone or something) to (something)

To cause someone or something to enter into some state or condition due to being trampled. Often used in passive constructions. Several tourists were trampled to death as the bulls stampeded through the city. The kids trampled the expensive vase to dust as they ran through the house.
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trample down

To flatten and crush someone or something by walking or running on top of them or it. The bulls trampled several tourists down as they stampeded through the city. Make sure the kids don't trample down my flowers.
See also: down, trample

trample on (someone or something)

1. Literally, to walk or run over something, especially as to cause damage or injury. The panicked crowd trampled on the poor girl, resulting in numerous broken bones. The neighbors' dogs got into my studio and trampled on my latest painting.
2. To destroy, debase, or dismiss something through rough, abrasive, or insensitive treatment. The professor really trampled on my ambitions when she critiqued my thesis. Why do you feel the need to trample on these kids and their feelings like that?
See also: on, trample

trample out

To forge a pathway by walking on top of vegetation until it is permanently flattened or destroyed. The elephants have trampled out a path that they follow every single year. The kids have run back and forth between the two yards so frequently that they've trampled a little pathway out.
See also: out, trample

trample over (someone or something)

To walk or run over something, especially as to cause damage or injury. The panicked crowd trampled over the poor girl, resulting in numerous broken bones. The neighbors' dogs got into my studio and trampled all over my latest painting.
See also: over, trample

trample upon (someone or something)

Literally, to walk or run over something, especially as to cause damage or injury. The panicked crowd trampled upon the poor girl, resulting in numerous broken bones. The neighbors' dogs got into my studio and trampled upon my latest painting.
See also: trample, upon

trample someone or something down

to crush down someone or something with the feet. Stay out of crowds at rock concerts. Those kids will trample you down if they get excited. The cows trampled down the stalks of corn.
See also: down, trample

trample someone or something to something

to stomp or crush someone or something underfoot to the point of death or destruction. The elephant trampled the photographer to death. All the joggers trampled the grass to a muddy mess.
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trample something out

to create a pathway by marching or stamping the same trail over and over. The mail carriers have trampled a path out through my marigolds! Jim trampled out a path in my garden.
See also: out, trample

trample (up)on someone or something

to crush someone or something underfoot. (Upon is formal and less commonly used than on.) Please don't trample upon the flowers! The bulls running through the streets trampled on some of the bystanders.
See also: on, trample

trample on

v.
1. To tread heavily or destructively on something: The children trampled on the flowers.
2. To inflict injury on something as if by treading heavily: Why do you trample on the feelings of those around you?
See also: on, trample
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