One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1informal Treat in an inconsiderate or exploitative manner.‘people always walked over him and didn't treat him with respect’
- ‘To others he is nothing short of a ruthless builder of wealth and prestige with little concern for those whom he walks over to get what he wants.’
- ‘She has money problems to rival the national debt, more people walking over her than a 'Welcome' mat and the requisite ex-boyfriend from hell.’
- ‘I'm not going to say you're so feeble that you let the tabloid press walk over you.’
- ‘He let Powell walk over him too much.’
- 1.1 Defeat easily.‘a slippery, trickier competitor could walk over them’
Traverse (a racecourse) without needing to hurry, because one has no opponents or only inferior ones.
- ‘If a horse has no competitor, it can win by just "walking over" to the finish line.’
- ‘Our horse just needed to "walk over" the course to collect the purse.’
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