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

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The Cavs’ win vaulted James into the Greatest of All Time argument, and one month later, Kevin Durant arrived in the Bay Area ready to run roughshod through the league. Michael Shapiro,, "Ranking the Best NBA Finals of the Past Decade," 16 Sep. 2019 Man does not live by half a loaf while riding roughshodover a house divided against itself. Paul Muldoon, The New Yorker, "Position Paper," 2 Sep. 2019 Some of those records date only to last season when Atlanta United, in its second year, ran roughshod over the league en route to an MLS Cup title. Kevin Baxter, Los Angeles Times, "LAFC scores four goals over 12-minute blitz to defeat Atlanta," 26 July 2019 But employees of the National Park Service, which maintains the statue and Ellis Island, reportedly resented Iacocca’s take-charge methods and accused him of running roughshod over them with his plans. Charlotte W. Craig, Detroit Free Press, "Lee Iacocca dies: Father of Mustang, rescuer of Chrysler was 94," 2 July 2019 With the Houston Astros running roughshod all over the American League and holding a nearly 10-game lead in the West, all that is within the Angels’ grasp is one of the two AL wild-card spots. Maria Torres,, "Griffin Canning’s uneven outing and stranded runners doom Angels in loss," 16 June 2019 To stay put in State House, Museveni has had to run roughshod over important constitutional and institutional safe guards, checks and balances that were enshrined in what was a relatively progressive and liberal constitution. Moses Khisa, Quartz Africa, "President Museveni has twisted Uganda’s constitution to cling to power," 21 June 2019 But the performers just run roughshod over these worthwhile elements. Christopher Arnott,, "Review: ’Mamma Mia’ a crowded, loud party at CT Rep," 10 June 2019 Not surprisingly, the attention economy has run roughshod over concepts like verifiable truth. Peter Rubin, WIRED, "Neal Stephenson's Latest Book Dodges Its Scariest Premise," 4 June 2019

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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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English Language Learners Definition of roughshod

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

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