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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.
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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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References in classic literature ?
All the profound plans about cutting off and capturing Napoleon and his army were like the plan of a market gardener who, when driving out of his garden a cow that had trampled down the beds he had planted, should run to the gate and hit the cow on the head.
The property intended to be hidden is then laid in, after having been well aired: a hide is spread over it, and dried grass, brush, and stones thrown in, and trampled down until the pit is filled to the neck.
They were part of a circle of trees that grew round an irregular space of some three or four acres, and in all that space, as Little Toomai could see, the ground had been trampled down as hard as a brick floor.
"Now, if I lie in one word, send men to see, and they will find that the elephant folk have trampled down more room in their dance-room, and they will find ten and ten, and many times ten, tracks leading to that dance-room.
On, on, on--on through the heat and the crowd and the dust--on, or they will be trampled down and lost--on, with throbbing brain and tottering limbs--on, till the heart grows sick, and the eyes grow blurred, and a gurgling groan tells those behind they may close up another space.
Close to the fire he trampled down the soft snow and covered the packed space with the boughs.
"Bravo!" cried the gentlemen behind the scenes, as she steadily trampled down one blunder after another.
On the third evening we reached some mealie gardens, and saw that they had been trampled down. Among the broken mealies we found the body of a very old man, as full of assegai wounds as a porcupine with quills.
I am a weak constitution, Mr Noggs, but my spirit would no more let me ask a favour where I thought there was a chance of its being refused, than it would let me submit to see my children trampled down and trod upon, by envy and lowness!'
The nurse and I managed to chase them away, but not before they had trampled down a border of pinks and lilies in the cruellest way, and made great holes in a bed of China roses, and even begun to nibble at a Jackmanni clematis that I am trying to persuade to climb up a tree trunk.
The cries and shrieks of those who were pressed almost to suffocation, or trampled down and trodden under foot in the confusion, were dreadful; the narrow ways were completely blocked up; and at this time, between the rush of some to regain the space in front of the house, and the unavailing struggles of others to extricate themselves from the mass, the immediate attention was distracted from the murderer, although the universal eagerness for his capture was, if possible, increased.
Exploiting the justified furies of working people trampled down by Tory austerity and the casino capitalism he champions, the liar in Downing Street blames migrants and Europe for economic and social crimes committed by his own party and ideology.
The culprit police, deeming the threat Baba Jan could pose, arrested him under the false charges of 'ransacking and vandalizing police property.' Baba Jan was an immensely popular figure in Gilgit Baltistan because of his efforts for the rights of his people, frequently trampled down by Islamabad.
Graham, from Crossmichael in Kirkcudbrightshire, said: "It slipped off my finger and I did look for it at the time but it had fallen into trampled down grass so I couldn't find it.
"It slipped off my finger and I did look for it at the time but it had fallen into grass that was all trampled down so I couldn't find it.