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.
Besides, this was the first foreign shore his foot had ever trodden.
Some stalks, however, were trodden down and broken around the shanty; she could move more easily and see where she was going.
So I took the path, which, but for Mr. Barlow, I might never have trodden.
A number of people were trodden to death on the Brooklyn bridge when it was opened.
There are high paths to be trodden in more than one region of the globe.
And do either of you know how to make acceptable explanations to a she-cobra whose young have been trodden on?
Her father had trodden it by pacing up and down, as she had once seen him doing.
"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.