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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.
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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.
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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?
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Mayor Gerson da Rosa Ferreira said the deaths were caused by asphyxiation or trampling and that 500 people were in the nightclub when the fire broke out.
Pursuing any kind of negotiations with Israel means trampling on the rights of the Muslims and anyone attending these talks is an accomplice in trampling Muslims' rights," Abusharif added, addressing a conference held here in Tehran today to honor the resistance of the Palestinian people against the Zionist regime.
Key words: biomass production, coastal subarctic ecosystem, drought, greenhouse experiments, Leymus mollis, restoration, sand burial, seedling emergence, trampling, Trisetum spicatum
Different species of non-crustose algae were also vulnerable to trampling, showing reduction in values of abundance, cover and biomass (Povey and Keough, 1991; Fletcher and Frid, 1996; Keough and Quinn, 1998; Schiel and Taylor, 1999).
Mum bashed her head on the ground but as she tried to get up she still had hold of the reins and the horse fell on top of her and rolled over her, trampling her head.
Studies of cattle trampling under semiarid conditions have shown detrimental effects on various soil properties (Reed and Peterson 1961; Orr 1975; Warren et al.
The intention was to improve birth fathers' rights; the result was that, in some instances, there has been a fiat-out trampling of birth mothers' rights.
If this were only due to America trampling the rights of other nations by selfishly projecting its power, there would be an obvious antidote: trample less.
ABSTRACT: Vegetative impacts caused by Rocky Mountain elk (Cervus elaphus nelsoni) grazing and trampling have been a growing concern for natural resource managers.
MEXICAN PRESIDENT ERNESTO ZEDILLO delivered a diplomatic disaster at the IberoAmerican presidential summit recently held in Havana Zedillo railed against Cuba's oneparty system, offending an ally of more than 40 years, trampling over Mexico's long-held tradition of non-interventionism and conveniently ignoring the Institutional Revolutionary Party's 70-year reign in Mexico.
Associated Press--Wild elephants broke into a cluster of thatched huts in Gauhati, India, guzzled rice beer that was fermenting in casks and then tore the village apart in a drunken rampage, trampling four people to death and injuring six, a government wildlife official said last week.
Trampling by hoofed animals and gnawing or chewing by meat-eating creatures cannot account for the ancient incisions, Pickering holds.
Hikers surround you, trampling plant life along the way.
Regardless of whether RIM succeeds for a time in circumventing the implications of today's ruling, as they have publicly indicated in the past, I believe that RIM will -- at the end of the day -- be forced by our legal system to stop trampling on the rights of small technology developers.
The new study documented how animal trampling in a water-saturated area can result in an alarming amount of disturbance, according to archaeologist Metin I.