AskDefine | Define roughshod

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

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  1. In the context of "of a horse": having hooves shod with horseshoes that have projecting nails that prevent slipping
  2. In the context of "by extension": brutal or domineering

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Brutality may refer to:
roughshod in Russian: Брутальность/Temp
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