I used to feel so hopeless that I was like Tom Thumb who has to hide under a chair so as not to be trodden on.
The fact that Ashley was trodden upon because of this is a horrible sign of the times.
How many were trodden into the parlor carpet can never be known.
It lies open to His touch; all the paths of its deep things can be trodden by Him.
Some stalks, however, were trodden down and broken around the shanty; she could move more easily and see where she was going.
But there were Indian trails, which had been trodden for uncounted generations, leading west.
A number of people were trodden to death on the Brooklyn bridge when it was opened.
You have eaten the good pastures and trodden down the residue with your feet.
And do either of you know how to make acceptable explanations to a she-cobra whose young have been trodden on?
Gregory went down on his knees, and raised the bloom that he had trodden on.
"that has been stepped on," 1540s, from past participle of tread (v.). The past participle was altered from Middle English treden under influence of Middle English past participles such as stolen from steal.
Old English tredan (class V strong verb; past tense træd, past participle treden), from Proto-Germanic *tredanan (cf. Old Frisian treda, Middle Dutch treden, Old High German tretan, German treten, Gothic trudan, Old Norse troða).
early 13c., from tread (v.); in reference to automobile tires, it is recorded from 1906.