run roughshod

idiom

US
: to completely ignore the opinions, rights, or feelings of others
He achieved success by ruthlessly running roughshod over anyone who got in his way.

Examples of run roughshod in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The Gaels had run roughshod over its previous 16 opponents, outscoring them by better than a 21-point margin. Jeff Faraudo, The Mercury News, 3 Mar. 2024 In this view, the country again finds itself in an era in which powerful companies run roughshod over their workers, their suppliers and the politicians who are supposed to maintain a balance of power. H. Claire Brown, New York Times, 29 Nov. 2023 Rising had run roughshod over USC in them, including the Pac-12 title game. Ryan Kartje, Los Angeles Times, 22 Oct. 2023 Residents opposed to the companies spoke of malfunctioning cars breaking down in the middle of intersections, streets already teeming with enough motor vehicles, and robot cars allowed to run roughshod throughout the city. Andrew J. Hawkins, The Verge, 11 Aug. 2023 However, the Supporters’ Shield and the MLS Cup are the prizes that matter most, and if Inter Miami continues to run roughshod over all comers when Leagues Cup ends and the MLS regular season resumes, that could be a bad sign for the league. Kevin Baxter, Los Angeles Times, 8 Aug. 2023 The last thing most expected was for Eastern Michigan, of all teams, to run roughshod all over the Arizona State defense which was No. 1 in the Pac-12 in multiple departments last season. Michelle Gardner, The Arizona Republic, 23 Sep. 2022 For decades, the Sheriff’s Department has been beset by allegations that gang-like groups of deputies with matching tattoos have run roughshod in several stations, glorifying aggressive policing tactics and celebrating on-duty shootings. Los Angeles Times, 10 Oct. 2022 Without Congressional oversight, a regulator can run roughshod over the law. Roslyn Layton, Forbes, 12 Sep. 2021

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“Run roughshod.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/run%20roughshod. Accessed 22 May. 2024.

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