shod with horseshoes having projecting nails or points.

Nearby words

  1. roughish,
  2. roughly,
  3. roughneck,
  4. roughness,
  5. roughrider,
  6. roughy,
  7. roul.,
  8. roulade,
  9. rouleau,
  10. rouleaux formation


    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 Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for roughshod



(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



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

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