ADS-L at HIGHLANDS.COM
Tue Jun 15 03:19:31 UTC 1999
Dear Yongwei Gao,
This type of entry is dealt with a third way in The World Book
Dictionary (a 270,000 entry book).
The adj. is defined as "having horseshoes with calks to prevent
slipping." However, this is a relatively obscure use of the term for
The adv. use is recognized in this book as an idiom: ride roughshod
over. The definition is "to domineer over; show no consideration for;
treat roughly: _He had a sensitive distaste for riding roughshod over
anybody's feelings_. (London Times)"
The adv./idiom is by far the more usual usage outside the realm of
equestrian issues and perhaps maybe there too.
David K. Barnhart
Barnhart at highlands.com
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