walk all over


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walk all over (someone)

1. To treat someone in a way that ignores or flouts their authority, input, or feelings in order to do whatever one wants; to take advantage of someone or push them around. You need to discipline your students so that they don't walk all over you. My aunt walks all over my uncle because he's just too meek to stand up for himself.
2. To decisively defeat someone. They might be the number one seed, but we're determined not to let them walk all over us.
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walk all over someone or something

 
1. Lit. to tread on someone or something. Who walked all over the posters I had spread out on the floor? The rioters walked all over a child who had fallen in the confusion.
2. Fig. to treat someone or something very badly; to beat someone or something soundly in a competition. The prosecution walked all over the witness. The attorney walked all over my case.
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walk all over

Also, walk over. Treat contemptuously, be overbearing and inconsiderate to, as in I don't know why she puts up with the way he walks all over her or Don't let those aggressive people in sales walk over you. This idiom transfers physically treading on someone to trampling on one's feelings. [Second half of 1800s]
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walk all over

1 defeat easily. 2 take advantage of. informal
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walk all over someone, to

To treat someone with utter contempt. This hyperbole comes from mid-nineteenth-century America. Mark Twain used it in Huckleberry Finn (1884): “In the North, he lets anybody walk over him that wants to.”
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