Definition of ride roughshod over in US English:

ride roughshod over


  • Carry out one's own plans or wishes with arrogant disregard for (others or their wishes)

    ‘he rode roughshod over everyone else's opinions’
    • ‘We are furious that the council have passed this monstrosity because they are riding roughshod over the wishes of local residents.’
    • ‘If you don't take the people with you then you alienate them and we don't want to jeopardise the work of three or four years by riding roughshod over what people think.’
    • ‘But what is not right is for the Minister to do that in such a way that it rides roughshod over the life plans that are made by thousands of people.’
    • ‘They are now putting out the view that management rode roughshod over the wishes of councillors but this couldn't be further from the truth.’
    • ‘Nobody is suggesting that the planners be allowed to ride roughshod over the wishes of the affected public, or that the right to object to a particular development should be withdrawn.’
    • ‘Last time around they just rode roughshod over us but this time time there seems to be a better dialogue.’
    • ‘This council has a habit of riding roughshod over the wishes of its residents, surely we do not expect this of the elected representative in Parliament.’
    • ‘And in doing so they have ridden roughshod over the rights of disabled people.’
    • ‘The days when giant corporations can ride roughshod over the wishes and needs of their customers are, thankfully, long gone.’
    • ‘However, it is clear that obstetricians cannot ride roughshod over women's choices.’
    treat with contempt, disregard, set at naught, trample over, show no consideration for, treat inconsiderately, treat disrespectfully, ignore, discount, encroach on, infringe, abuse, do violence to
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