trampling


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tram·ple

 (trăm′pəl)
v. tram·pled, tram·pling, tram·ples
v.tr.
1. To beat down with the feet so as to crush, bruise, or destroy; tramp on.
2. To treat harshly or ruthlessly: would trample anyone who got in their way.
v.intr.
1. To tread heavily or destructively: trampling on the flowers.
2. To inflict injury as if by treading heavily: "trampling on the feelings of those about you" (Thornton Wilder).
n.
The action or sound of trampling.

[Middle English tramplen, frequentative of trampen, to tramp; see tramp.]

tram′pler n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.trampling - the sound of heavy treading or stompingtrampling - the sound of heavy treading or stomping; "he heard the trample of many feet"
sound - the sudden occurrence of an audible event; "the sound awakened them"
References in classic literature ?
To this I added another petition, "that for the sake of my patron the king of Luggnagg, his majesty would condescend to excuse my performing the ceremony imposed on my countrymen, of trampling upon the crucifix: because I had been thrown into his kingdom by my misfortunes, without any intention of trading.
He was not put out of temper even by the sight of the peasants' horses and colts trampling down his young grass (he told a peasant he met to drive them out), nor by the sarcastic and stupid reply of the peasant Ipat, whom he met on the way, and asked, "Well, Ipat, shall we soon be sowing?
That night I saw nothing, but just after sunrise the next morning a large herd of elephants came crashing and trampling by.
The music of the trampling feet, the sharp voices, the clanking arms of the column near him made him soar on the red wings of war.
If the men were advancing, their indifferent feet were trampling upon his chances for a successful life.
in all the towns and villages; and louder and more numerous grew the trampling footsteps of the recruits that marched behind.
The boys loitered heavily to School, missing the rub-a-dub-dub and the trampling march, in the rear of which they had so lately run and shouted.
We were trampling the principles of founding father but we have now started trampling picture of our Quaid under our feet which has been printed by some unscrupulous factory owners on safety matches.
As we started to walk the other way this black bullock that had been staring, looking menacing charged me and threw me up in the air and then the other cattle just started trampling me.
The monstrous trampling [running over] and stabbing is nothing more than a brutal and backward trampling of all human values and morals, a desperate attempt to challenge free societies and international peace and security," the Foreign Ministry said in a statement.
There are enough problems now with flowers, toys etc being stolen off graves without people trampling all over the graves.
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