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roughshod definitions

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

adj
1: (of a horse) having horseshoes with projecting nails to prevent slipping
2: (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" [syn: barbarous, brutal, cruel, fell, roughshod, savage, vicious]
3: unjustly domineering; "incensed at the government's heavy- handed economic policies"; "a manager who rode roughshod over all opposition" [syn: heavy-handed, roughshod]

Merriam Webster's

I. adjective Date: circa 1688 1. shod with calked shoes 2. marked by tyrannical force <roughshod rule> II. adverb Date: 1813 in a roughly forceful manner <rode roughshod over the opposition>

Oxford Reference Dictionary

adj. (of a horse) having shoes with nail-heads projecting to prevent slipping. Phrases and idioms: ride roughshod over treat inconsiderately or arrogantly.

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Roughshod Rough"shod, a. Shod with shoes armed with points or calks; as, a roughshod horse. To ride roughshod, to pursue a course regardless of the pain or distress it may cause others.

Collin's Cobuild Dictionary

If you say that someone is riding roughshod over a person or their views, you disapprove of them because they are using their power or authority to do what they want, completely ignoring that person's wishes. These laws allow the security forces to continue to ride roughshod over the human rights of the people. PHRASE: V inflects [disapproval]



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