American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Shod with horseshoes having projecting nails or points to prevent slipping.
- adj. Marked by brutal force: Stalin's roughshod treatment of the kulaks.
- idiom. ride roughshod over To treat with brutal force: a manager who rode roughshod over all opposition.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Shod with shoes armed with points or calks: as, a horse is said to be roughshod when his shoes are roughed or sharpened for slippery roads.
- adj. of a horse having hooves shod with calks or horseshoes that have projecting nails to prevent slipping
- adj. by extension brutal or domineering
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Shod with shoes armed with points or calks.
- adj. (of a horse) having horseshoes with projecting nails to prevent slipping
- adj. unjustly domineering
- adj. (of persons or their actions) able or disposed to inflict pain or suffering
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