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 And while Craig’s time with the character has seen villains with wildly unbelievable plans for global domination, the action scenes have been physical, roughshod, and intimate. Eric Adams, Popular Mechanics, 8 Oct. 2021 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, 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,, 15 Mar. 2018 Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb Defending national champion Baylor jumped to sixth after running roughshod over Central Arkansas and Stanford, while the Wildcats dropped only to seventh thanks to beating then-No. oregonlive, 22 Nov. 2021 But this Boilermakers team might be more talented than that 2018 outfit, with quarterback Aidan O’Connell blossoming into a prolific passer and wide receiver David Bell running roughshod over defenses. C.j. Doon,, 12 Nov. 2021 Since that loss to Dillard, the Bucks have outscored opponents 316-15, running roughshod through district play. Adam Lichtenstein,, 9 Nov. 2021 Georgia has run roughshod over the competition with the help of its dominant defense. Matt Murschel,, 14 Nov. 2021 Gensler was chastised by the top Republican on the Committee, Patrick McHenry of North Carolina for causing significant confusion for market participants and stakeholders in Congress on crypto and run roughshod over investors. Ted Knutson, Forbes, 5 Oct. 2021 Flowers catches plenty of flack for his contract and being part of the old regime, but his presence was sorely missed Sunday as the Bears ran roughshod over the Lions’ front. Dave Birkett, Detroit Free Press, 4 Oct. 2021 Certainly more vulnerable than last year’s behemoth than ran roughshod through the SEC to have one of the most dominant seasons in college football history. John Talty |, al, 3 Oct. 2021 Ramping up the anarchy with cries of jubilation, The rioters ran roughshod through the temple of the nation. John Lithgow, The New Yorker, 27 Sep. 2021

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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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“Roughshod.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Dec. 2021.

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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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