roughshod

2 definitions found

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Roughshod \Rough"shod\, adjective Shod with shoes armed with points or calks; as, a roughshod horse.

{To ride roughshod}, to pursue a course regardless of the pain or distress it may cause others.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

roughshod

adjective

1: (of a horse) having horseshoes with projecting nails to prevent slipping

2: (of persons or their actions) able or disposed to inflict pain or suffering; "a barbarous crime"; "brutal beatings"; "cruel tortures"; "Stalin's roughshod treatment of the kulaks"; "a savage slap"; "vicious kicks" [syn: {barbarous}, {brutal}, {cruel}, {fell}, {roughshod}, {savage}, {vicious}]

3: unjustly domineering; "incensed at the government's heavy- handed economic policies"; "a manager who rode roughshod over all opposition" [syn: {heavy-handed}, {roughshod}]


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