tread upon (someone or something)

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tread upon (someone or something)

1. Literally, to walk on someone or something Please don't tread upon the sidewalk until the cement is totally dry. I wasn't watching where I was going and nearly trod upon the man lying on the ground.
2. To treat someone harshly, unjustly, or oppressively. The tyrannical government continued to tread upon the people of the land until the 1974 uprising. If the company keeps treading upon its employees like this, most of them will end up taking their skills elsewhere.
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