- 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
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Examples from the Web for roughshod
She said finally, "We rode over him a little in the roughshod manner, didn't we?"
And when the squat steersman again stood up McKay went after him roughshod.The Pathless Trail
Arthur O. (Arthur Olney) Friel
"It is dreadful to let Conti ride over me roughshod; and yet I can't defend myself," said Beatrix, in a low voice.Beatrix
Honore de Balzac
The Homer she had first known could never have ridden, roughshod, over the basically gentle Dr. Smythe.
Four times they called on their heavy sluggers and their best boxmen, but the Giants rode over them roughshod.Baseball Joe, Home Run King
- (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 roughshod
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