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

Examples of roughshod in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective As vice president Pence has worked to level Trump's roughshod style and steer his response to the coronavirus pandemic. Michelle L. Price, Star Tribune, "Viewer's Guide: Virus response on stage with Pence, Harris," 6 Oct. 2020 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 Of course, any worries that the Biden Administration is about to run roughshod over an automobile industry that's had such success working with the oil industry for over a century are simply unfounded. Sebastian Blanco, Car and Driver, "Will There Be an EV in Every Driveway under the Biden Administration?," 14 Nov. 2020 The Trojans’ run game took two quarters just to rev up, while the Wildcats ran roughshod with a quarterback who could hardly be described as a dual threat. Ryan Kartje, Los Angeles Times, "USC again has the final say, and score, to beat Arizona," 14 Nov. 2020 Both teams have been running roughshod over opponents all season. Kyle Neddenriep, The Indianapolis Star, "Both nationally ranked and undefeated, Center Grove, Cathedral meet in game of the year," 15 Oct. 2020 And crucially, thanks to regular elections, they are dissuaded from running roughshod over the people’s liberties. Andrew Stuttaford, National Review, "The Capital Letter: Week of September 28," 2 Oct. 2020 Kansas State ran roughshod to a 55-14 victory last weekend that was every bit as lopsided as the final score; the Wildcats scored on offense, defense and special teams, getting a pair of punt return touchdowns from Phillip Brooks in the win. Mark Heim |, al, "No. 23 Iowa State-Kansas live stream (10/31): How to watch college football online, TV, time," 31 Oct. 2020 Arians maintained that sentiment even with the assortment of weaponry that was on full display as the Bucs (5-2) ran roughshod in a 45-20 victory against the Raiders. Jarrett Bell, USA TODAY, "Opinion: Buccaneers playing with fire by adding Antonio Brown," 26 Oct. 2020 In Week 2, Tampa Bay's Leonard Fournette ran roughshod over Carolina's defense for 103 yards on just 12 carries. Amie Just | Staff Writer,, "The Edge: Assessing how New Orleans Saints, Carolina Panthers stack up for Week 7," 22 Oct. 2020 And crucially, thanks to regular elections, they are dissuaded from running roughshod over the people’s liberties. Andrew Stuttaford, National Review, "The Capital Letter: Week of September 28," 2 Oct. 2020

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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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“Roughshod.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Nov. 2020.

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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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