ride roughshod over



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ride roughshod over

  1. (transitive, idiomatic) To treat roughly or without care, respect, moderation, or control; to act in a bullying manner toward; to damage.
    • 1901, Henry B. Fuller, Under the Skylights, ch. 6:
      He was brusque; he often rode roughshod over feminine sensibilities.
    • 1902, Arthur Conan Doyle, The Hound of the Baskervilles, ch. 11:
      We'll teach these magnates that they cannot ride roughshod over the rights of the commoners, confound them!
    • 2001 June 25, Michael Fathers, "Demystifying a Demagogue," Time:
      He was a selfish, untalented and unprincipled man who rode roughshod over his mother.