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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.
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]
walk all over1 defeat easily. 2 take advantage of. informal
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.”