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roughshod

adjective rough·shod \ ˈrəf-ˌshäd \
|Updated on: 29 Jul 2018

Definition of roughshod

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

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First Known Use of roughshod

circa 1688

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roughshod

adverb

Definition of roughshod

: in a roughly forceful manner
  • rode roughshod over the opposition

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First Known Use of roughshod

1778

in the meaning defined above

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Definition of roughshod for English Language Learners

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


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