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[ruhf-shod] /ˈrʌfˈʃɒd/
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.
1680-90; rough + shod Unabridged
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  • The government gives special consideration to the wealthy and runs roughshod over the poor.
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  • Tammy stated that what this resolution is not is an attempt to run roughshod over state and federal or public property rights.
  • Then run roughshod over those holding a gun and their sponsors.
  • Defendants cannot run roughshod, doing precisely as they please simply because cross-examination is underway.
  • The majority party has a tendency to run roughshod over the minority.
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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