rough·​shod | \ ˈrəf-ˌshäd How to pronounce roughshod (audio) \

Definition of roughshod

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : shod with calked shoes
2 : marked by tyrannical force roughshod rule



Definition of roughshod (Entry 2 of 2)

: in a roughly forceful manner rode roughshod over the opposition

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Originally a competitor to the roughshod Jeep CJ, the Ford Bronco spat mud for three decades from 1966 to 1996, when the infamous O.J. Simpson chase hastened its end. Tom Krisher,, "Ford pledges to revamp aging product line, add SUVs, by 2020," 15 Mar. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb

Stately, plump SUVs are running roughshod over the auto industry, crushing sedans, compacts and anything else that doesn’t approximate a 5,000-pound turtle. Kyle Stock, The Seattle Times, "Richer Americans are skipping SUVs for station wagons," 7 Jan. 2019 That was the year Mr. Xi also promised not to militarize artificial islands in the South China Sea, but Beijing became accustomed in the Obama years to running roughshod over toothless agreements. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "China’s Hacking State," 20 Dec. 2018 Inside the county’s central jail, the 2000 Boys and 3000 Boys ran roughshod over the lockup’s toughest floors. Joel Rubin,, "After decades of problems, new allegations surface of a secret clique within L.A. County Sheriff's Department," 10 July 2018 Leadership is not about blocking and obstructing or running roughshod over anything previous administrations have done. kansascity, "Jean Paul Bradshaw," 30 June 2018 Critics have long asserted that China runs roughshod over intellectual property rights. Paul Wiseman, The Seattle Times, "Why they fight: US and China brawl over high technology," 3 July 2018 The only real question was which driver would win, as Penske drivers ran roughshod through the practice sessions and qualified 1-2-3-4. Jim Ayello, Indianapolis Star, "Insider: Scott Dixon scorching hot as IndyCar heads to Road America," 21 June 2018 The Heat’s best chance to win could come down to slowing Simmons, who is running roughshod through the Association right now. Rohan Nadkarni,, "NBA Playoffs 2018: The Most Intriguing Storylines in the East's First Round," 13 Apr. 2018 The wind on Thursday has run roughshod over the field. John Cherwa,, "Dustin Johnson withdraws from Masters," 6 Apr. 2017

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First Known Use of roughshod


circa 1688, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1778, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of roughshod was circa 1688

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English Language Learners Definition of roughshod

: without thinking or caring about the opinions, rights, or feelings of others

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not to be persuaded, moved, or stopped

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