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I'm looking for a shorter verb with more punch. I can only think of nouns or long phrases:

  • ride roughshod
  • juggernaught
  • ramrod
  • mow down
  • plough
  • battering ram

What's a better way to say "to ride roughshod over"?

EXAMPLE: [The larger factor] bowls over / dominates / rides roughshod over [the smaller factor].

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closed as not a real question by simchona, Jasper Loy, Matt Эллен, RegDwigнt Nov 22 '11 at 11:44

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Is there a specific context? If not, this is a bit too broad. –  simchona Nov 22 '11 at 4:17
    
Plough can also be used as a verb. In fact, depending on your context, plough over could work well. –  ghoppe Nov 22 '11 at 4:21
    
Smashed through? –  Optimal Cynic Nov 22 '11 at 4:48
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I don't understand the votes to close as "not a real question". Googling define "ride roughshod over", the top three results are all dictionary definitions, so I don't agree "more context" is needed. Why should OP not ask which shorter verb native speakers use for this meaning? –  FumbleFingers Nov 22 '11 at 14:20

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I'll suggest trample.

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To railroad - press (someone) into doing something by rushing or coercing them has been quite popular for about a century.

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I don't know the exact context of your usage, but Decimate & Trounce come to mind. Also, annihilate, obliterate, exterminate and even demolish and destroy work well to communicate a decisive victory / a lopsided contest.

To bulldoze someone also refers to roughshod treatment.

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M-W Unabridged defines ride roughshod over as

to treat with disdain or abuse

You don't mention the context, but if you're looking for a one-word synonym with punch, try diss:

diss, verb. (US, UK, slang) To put (someone) down, or show disrespect by the use of insulting language or dismissive behaviour.

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