ride rough shod over

roughshod

[ruhf-shod]
adjective
1.
shod with horseshoes having projecting nails or points.
Idioms
2.
ride roughshod over, to treat harshly or domineeringly; override; crush: He rode roughshod over his friends to advance himself in the business world.

Origin:
1680–90; rough + shod

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roughshod (ˈrʌfˌʃɒd)
 
adj
1.  (of a horse) shod with rough-bottomed shoes to prevent sliding
 
adv
2.  ride roughshod over to domineer over or act with complete disregard for

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