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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.
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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

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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3 : to treat as if worthless or unimportant <You can't just trample other people's dreams for the future.
Instead of engaging in an ultimately futile attempt to re-route the elephants, the farmers created a wide, natural trail directly through the middle of the farm, hoping the elephants would choose the trail instead of continuing to trample the coffee plants.
The world has just witnessed an event without historical precedent: An unrivaled superpower, with the means to trample and conquer nations at will, using its strength neither to oppress nor subjugate but to liberate and empower.
He is not free, however, to trample on the rights of the majority.
Coffin, president of Coffin-KCSA, stated: ``We must defeat this initiative because it is a Trojan Horse waiting to trample California's economy, investors, court system, taxpayers and businesses.
A wealthy and powerful family whose sense of entitlement tends to trample common decency, the Doones ruthlessly lord it over the modest town of Exmoor and much of the West Country, sort of the 17th-century equivalent of Florida today.
I wonder if the little guys have enough pull to make these giants stop to look at us, the public, before they trample us to the ground, along with their own bloody corpses, caused by a nearby Tyrannosaurus rex who threatens to eat them, as well as us.
ERIN KENNEDY'S letter on p3 of the October 2013 issue of Kai Tiaki Nursing New Zealand ("Christian hymn tramples mana") speaks of division and disunity, instead of embracing others' beliefs and differences.
In "Why Abortion Is a Religious Freedom Issue" (March/April), Sarah Posner writes, "Because abortion, and certainly contraception and fertility treatments, are permissible under Jewish law, banning them doesn't promote 'Judeo-Christian' values; it tramples on free exercise of religion.
LOS ANGELES--Old World pink is the correct term for carnations of the flesh-colored hue, While they can mostly be found on tuxedos and in inexpensive restaurants, choreographer Pina Bausch will be giving them a whole new meaning when her company, Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch, tramples upward of 8,000 carnations onstage in her four-city tour with Nelken ("Carnations"), which will be performed in Los Angeles (October 5-10); Berkeley, California (October 15-17); Tempe, Arizona (October 22); and Austin, Texas (October 27).
RAMPAGE: A cameraman films as an elephant tramples a man at the Irinjalakuda Koodalmanikyam temple near Trichur in Kerala state yesterday Picture: AP Photos/A.
In contrast to the free market's invisible hand, which improves the lives of people, the government's invisible foot tramples on people's hopes and destroys their dreams.
The Passion of the Christ'' tramples on all the rules and hypocrisies of political correctness.
This decision tramples on the First Amendment free speech and freedom of association rights of the Boy Scouts," said Jay Sekulow, Chief Counsel of the ACLJ, which filed a friend-of-the-court brief on behalf of four U.