rough·​shod | \ˈrəf-ˌshäd \

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

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 Working with artists to ensure that the conditions of display don't run roughshod over their intentions is a start. Eric Limer, Popular Mechanics, "The Absurdly Complicated Art of GIF Preservation," 24 May 2018 In its response, AMI said McDougal was attempting to run roughshod over freedom of the press, suing over an ordinary editorial decision. James Hohmann, Washington Post, "The Daily 202: MLK’s final speech — delivered 50 years ago today — was full of timely and timeless teachings," 3 Apr. 2018 Arpaio has devoted his career to running roughshod over the law, including defying court orders, in order to intimidate immigrant communities who may or may not have run afoul of immigration law. Jonathan Chait, Daily Intelligencer, "Giuliani’s FBI ‘Stormtroopers’ Smear Is the Key to Trump’s Authoritarian Mind-set," 3 May 2018

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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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