• WordNet 3.6
    • adj roughshod unjustly domineering "incensed at the government's heavy-handed economic policies","a manager who rode roughshod over all opposition"
    • adj roughshod (of persons or their actions) able or disposed to inflict pain or suffering "a barbarous crime","brutal beatings","cruel tortures","Stalin's roughshod treatment of the kulaks","a savage slap","vicious kicks"
    • adj roughshod (of a horse) having horseshoes with projecting nails to prevent slipping
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Roughshod Shod with shoes armed with points or calks; as, a roughshod horse.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • roughshod Shod with shoes armed with points or calks: as, a horse is said to be roughshod when his shoes are roughed or sharpened for slippery roads.
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  • Josh Billings
    “The more humble a man is before God the more he will be exalted; the more humble he is before man, the more he will get rode roughshod.”


Ride roughshod - If someone rides roughshod over other people, they impose their will without caring at all for other people's feelings.


In literature:

This thing of letting a cur like that run roughshod over a man on account of a girl that didn't care was plumb idiotic.
"Rowdy of the Cross L" by B.M. Sinclair, AKA B.M. Bower
A greater sorrow had obliterated her racing passion; had even ridden roughshod over the fear of financial ruin.
"Garrison's Finish" by W. B. M. Ferguson
We all make breaks, us fellows that go at everything roughshod.
"Big Timber" by Bertrand W. Sinclair
Miss Proctor rode roughshod over the thought-power, and trampled contemptuously on the mind-control.
"The Helpmate" by May Sinclair
Nobody ever walks roughshod over Don Pike and gets off without suffering for it.
"Frank Merriwell's Reward" by Burt L. Standish
Besides, she runs roughshod over traditions, and all that they imply.
"Grace Harlowe's Third Year at Overton College" by Jessie Graham Flower
He rode roughshod over everybody and everything that stood in his way, defiant of opposition, imperious, irrepressible!
"Pushing to the Front" by Orison Swett Marden
He rode roughshod over the unities of time, place, and action.
"A Life of William Shakespeare with portraits and facsimiles" by Sidney Lee
To this girl he owed his life, and he had repaid the debt by trampling roughshod upon her heart.
"The Promise" by James B. Hendryx
He lured her to the sex duel, then trampled down her reserves roughshod.
"Brand Blotters" by William MacLeod Raine

In news:

Romney ran roughshod over rules at debate.
Mission Runs Roughshod Over Edcouch-Elsa To Stay Unbeaten In 2012.
Rabid Dawgs' run roughshod over Rams.
Clemson's Andre Ellington runs roughshod over Auburn's defense.
Obama runs roughshod over religious freedom.
Did Big Oil run roughshod over regulators.
You're running "roughshod" over American people.
Don't let Obama run roughshod over US.
Bobcats run roughshod over Cougars.
Jets set to run roughshod over Bills.
Mustangs run roughshod over Tigers.
Valley runs roughshod over Ropes.
You're running " roughshod " over American people.
Motorcycle Noise Pollution Runs Roughshod Over Nature.
Yet those more efficient cars, though they have a lighter touch on our atmosphere, still run roughshod on our asphalt and concrete.