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Date: 1300-1400
Origin: tramp

trample

verb
     
tram‧ple [intransitive always + adverb/preposition, transitive]
1 to step heavily on something, so that you crush it with your feet
trample on/over/through etc
There was a small fence to stop people trampling on the flowers.
trample somebody/something underfoot
The children were in danger of being trampled underfoot in the crowd.
trample somebody to death (=kill someone by stepping heavily on them)
Several people were nearly trampled to death in the rush to get out.
2 to behave in a way that shows that you do not care about someone's rights or feelings
trample on/over somebody/something
Don't let people trample all over you.
Their interests and rights had been trampled underfoot.

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