ride roughshod

idiom

: to completely ignore the rights, opinions, or feelings of others
They accused the government of riding roughshod over international law.

Examples of ride roughshod in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web India and Turkey ride roughshod over the rule of law daily with impunity. Melik Kaylan, Forbes, 21 Feb. 2024 If Trump loses in November, the process of repairing the damage can begin, but the past three years have shown how easily a power-hungry president can ride roughshod over norms in ways that harm the country’s institutions. Max Boot, Foreign Affairs, 6 Apr. 2020 For example, having a right to life does not entail a right to threaten another’s health or life, or ride roughshod over another’s life plans and goals. Nancy S. Jecker, The Conversation, 23 June 2022 Firstly, as a signal of intent to ride roughshod over all nuclear agreements, demonstrating its capability and resolve – domestically and internationally – to use nuclear weapons. Marion Messmer, CNN, 2 Mar. 2023 Judge Polster also seems to ride roughshod over the classic tort doctrines of joint and several liability. Michael I. Krauss, Forbes, 18 May 2022 But that doesn’t mean the U.S. and other countries should ride roughshod over international law and the U.S. Constitution to do so. Paul B. Stephan, The Conversation, 3 May 2022 Paul Alexander, a Trump administration official who tried to ride roughshod over the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, had words for both the FDA and the CDC. Helen Branswell, STAT, 20 Sep. 2021 Many fiction films ride roughshod over their backgrounds. Joe Morgenstern, WSJ, 1 Apr. 2021

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“Ride roughshod.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ride%20roughshod. Accessed 22 Jun. 2024.

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