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Also, walk over. Treat contemptuously, be overbearing and inconsiderate to, as in I don't know why she puts up with the way he walks all over her or Don't let those aggressive people in sales walk over you. This idiom transfers physically treading on someone to trampling on one's feelings. [Second half of 1800s]

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