roughshod
I. adjective Date: circa 1688 1. shod with calked shoes 2. marked by tyrannical force <
roughshod rule
>
II. adverb Date: 1813 in a roughly forceful manner <
rode roughshod over the opposition
>

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • Roughshod — Rough shod, a. Shod with shoes armed with points or calks; as, a roughshod horse. [1913 Webster] {To ride roughshod}, to pursue a course regardless of the pain or distress it may cause others. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • roughshod — ► ADJECTIVE archaic ▪ (of a horse) having shoes with nail heads projecting to prevent slipping. ● ride roughshod over Cf. ↑ride roughshod over …   English terms dictionary

  • roughshod — [ruf′shäd΄] adj. shod with horseshoes that have calks, or metal points, to prevent slipping ride roughshod over to treat in a harsh, arrogant, inconsiderate manner; domineer over …   English World dictionary

  • roughshod — also rough shod, 1680s, from ROUGH (Cf. rough) (adj.) + SHOD (Cf. shod). originally from horses shod with the nails projecting from the shoe, to prevent slipping …   Etymology dictionary

  • roughshod — rough|shod [ˈrʌfʃɔd US ʃa:d] adv ride roughshod over sb/sth especially BrE ; run roughshod over sb/sth AmE to behave in a way that ignores other people s feelings or opinions ▪ We cannot ride roughshod over the concerns of the local community …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • roughshod — /ruf shod /, adj. 1. shod with horseshoes having projecting nails or points. 2. ride roughshod over, to treat harshly or domineeringly; override; crush: He rode roughshod over his friends to advance himself in the business world. [1680 90; ROUGH… …   Universalium

  • roughshod — [[t]rʌ̱fʃɒd[/t]] PHRASE: V inflects (disapproval) If you say that someone is riding roughshod over a person or their views, you disapprove of them because they are using their power or authority to do what they want, completely ignoring that… …   English dictionary

  • roughshod — /ˈrʌfʃɒd / (say rufshod) adjective 1. shod with horseshoes having projecting nails or points. 2. high handed and inconsiderate: roughshod methods. –phrase 3. ride roughshod over, to override harshly or domineeringly; treat without consideration …   Australian English dictionary

  • roughshod — adjective a) having hooves shod with calks or horseshoes that have projecting nails to prevent slipping In the roughshod horny world of boys, I had studied my companions closely to make sure that I wasn’t being too “queer” for them. b) brutal or… …   Wiktionary

  • roughshod — adv. to ride roughshod over smb. ( to treat smb. in an inconsiderate manner ) * * * [ rʌfʃɒd] to ride over smb. ( to treat smb. in an inconsiderate manner ) …   Combinatory dictionary

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