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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.
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?
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References in classic literature ?
Had an enemy's fleet been hovering on the coast, or his armies trampling on our soil, the people would probably have committed their defence to that same direful conqueror who had wrought their own calamity, and would permit no interference with his sway.
The original distribution of the artefacts is unknown, but assuming that there were originally more artefacts within the high-ceiling zones than low-ceiling zones, subsequent trampling should affect the distribution pattern of the artefacts in the way in which the model describes.
The desert surface surrounding the course includes delicate cryptobiotic crust, which can take decades to recover from trampling feet.
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.
The horrific trampling happened in a farm near the historic 17th century Dyrham Park in Dyrham, Gloucestershire.
The two-year-old French Limousin heifer then ran down livestock worker Andrew Truelove, 43, knocking him unconscious and trampling on his chest before jumping over a broken perimeter wall.
Are ``Mario,'' ``Madden,'' ``Grand Theft Auto'' and the like really worth trampling one's neighbors to obtain?
Housewife Helena Beveridge, of Whitehall Place, Aberdeen, is accused of maliciously uprooting, trampling and breaking genetically modified plants and damaging experiments into genetically modified crops at the farm in May last year.
CAGED: The elephants back in their pens yesterday as London Zoo staff investigate the trampling attack
We assessed changes in density, percent foliar/ litter cover, basal area, species richness, and composition resulting from the application of different frequencies of simulated grazing and trampling within elk exclosures from January through May of 1999 and 2000.
Wild elephants smashed into an Indian village, guzzled rice beer fermenting in casks and then tore homes apart in a drunken rampage, trampling four people to death and injuring six.
Trampling by hoofed animals and gnawing or chewing by meat-eating creatures cannot account for the ancient incisions, Pickering holds.
In addition to misery, Holdt encountered the reformer's classic conflict between striving for a distant social goal and trampling on the individuals in the way.