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walk all over (one)
1. To treat one in a way that ignores or flouts their authority, input, or feelings in order to do whatever one wants; to take advantage of one or push one 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 one. 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.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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]
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
walk all over1 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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