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[ruhf-shod] /ˈrʌfˈʃɒd/
shod with horseshoes having projecting nails or points.
ride roughshod over, to treat harshly or domineeringly; override; crush:
He rode roughshod over his friends to advance himself in the business world.
Origin of roughshod
First recorded in 1680-90; rough + shod Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for ride roughshod over
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  • I'm not going to let you ride roughshod over me, I can tell you.

    A Dash .. .. .. For a Throne Arthur W. Marchmont
  • There was no need at all for prefects to take advantage of their office and ride roughshod over the intermediates.

  • Bentley replied to their concealed dislike with open contempt, and proceeded to ride roughshod over their little arrangements.

  • Then you have determined to ride roughshod over the rights of the people who own the things?

    Stranded in Arcady Francis Lynde
  • That was what I felt; to have his own way, the boss'd ride roughshod over us both, and he himself only—but that's tellings again.

    The Shadow of the Rope E. W. Hornung
  • We'll teach these magnates that they cannot ride roughshod over the rights of the commoners, confound them!

  • Philosophy engenders pity; and one who possesses that can not ride roughshod over men, and that is the business of kings.

    The Puppet Crown Harold MacGrath
  • If I leave you out, dear boy, there's not one of them that I care a hang about; I'd ride roughshod over the whole lot.

    Gunman's Reckoning Max Brand
  • If people try and ride roughshod over me, I merely hit out, and then just look out for broken bones.

    The Champdoce Mystery Emile Gaboriau
  • They thought they had only a girl to deal with and that, therefore, they could ride roughshod over her.

    Dubliners James Joyce
British Dictionary definitions for ride roughshod over


(of a horse) shod with rough-bottomed shoes to prevent sliding
ride roughshod over, to domineer over or act with complete disregard for
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Word Origin and History for ride roughshod over



also rough-shod, 1680s, from rough (adj.) + shod. Originally of horses shod with the nails projecting from the shoe, to prevent slipping.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Idioms and Phrases with ride roughshod over

ride roughshod over

Act without regard for the feelings or interests of others, as in She just forges on, riding roughshod over her colleagues. This term alludes to the practice of arming horses with horseshoes mounted with projecting nails or points, which both gave them better traction and served as a weapon against fallen enemy soldiers. By 1800 it was being used figuratively for bullying behavior.
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