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2 definitions found
 for roughshod
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  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]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  roughshod
      adj 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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