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rough·​shod ˈrəf-ˌshäd How to pronounce roughshod (audio)
: shod with calked shoes
: marked by tyrannical force
roughshod rule


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: in a roughly forceful manner
rode roughshod over the opposition

Examples of roughshod in a Sentence

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Almost every military Wolf lived a roughshod life early on, often taking a beating from over-eager soldiers. Michael Van Runkle, Robb Report, 14 Feb. 2024 Toshiro Mifune and six other badass rōnin square off against bandits who’ve been riding roughshod humble villagers in Akira Kurosawa’s epic 1954 action tale set in feudal Japan. Matt Cooperlistings Coordinator, Los Angeles Times, 7 Apr. 2022
The Bruins ran roughshod over the NHL this season, but the playoffs mark a different, often more unfair, season. Jace Evans, USA TODAY, 16 Apr. 2023 So fast, in fact, that any explanation that does not involve a behemoth black hole running roughshod between galaxies would seem unlikely. Kenna Hughes-Castleberry, Scientific American, 10 Apr. 2023 See all Example Sentences for roughshod 

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Word History

First Known Use


circa 1688, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1778, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of roughshod was circa 1688

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“Roughshod.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition


: with no consideration for the wishes or feelings of others
usually used in the phrase ride roughshod over or run roughshod over

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