One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Treat in a thoughtless, disrespectful, and exploitative manner.‘they thought they could come in and walk all over us’
take advantage of, impose on, exploit, make use of, use, abuse, misuse, manipulate, take liberties with, trifle with, play withView synonyms
- ‘You've been treating me with such kindness and I've walked all over you as though you were mud.’
- ‘If no-one speaks up then she just walks all over guys, which at least means that she treats them equally.’
- ‘All his life people have used, abused and walked all over him.’
- ‘Guys do not want girls who are too nice to them, or girls they can walk all over and get too easily.’
- ‘For some reason, beyond my comprehension, our Government seems prepared to allow continental operators to walk all over us in this manner and it is quite scandalous.’
- ‘It showed that the league were weak and let one of their own members ‘walk all over them’ .’
- ‘Minding one's manners is not synonymous with playing doormat and having people walk all over you.’
- 1.1 Defeat easily.
trounce, beat hollow, defeat utterly, rout, annihilate, triumph over, win a resounding victory over, be victorious over, crush, overwhelm, best, get the better of, worst, bring someone to their kneesView synonyms
- ‘The National League walked all over them.’
- ‘The results reflected the change that has come over Indian morale and training since the grim days of 1962, when the Chinese walked all over them.’
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