trample down

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w>trample down

vt sepheruntertreten, niedertreten
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One of the members for the affirmative offered several arguments of great strength and weight, alleging, "that as the YAHOOS were the most filthy, noisome, and deformed animals which nature ever produced, so they were the most restive and indocible, mischievous and malicious; they would privately suck the teats of the HOUYHNHNMS' cows, kill and devour their cats, trample down their oats and grass, if they were not continually watched, and commit a thousand other extravagancies.
If my happiness stands in his way--and if he can do it with impunity to himself--he will trample down my happiness.
Either they respect or they fear me, which is more likely, but they let me trample down the clover with my dogs, insult and obstruct every one, and I come back still more weary and low-spirited, that's all.
Those who trample down and make a mockery of the DPRK's dignity can never go scot-free.
The feet that trample down your cities, where does he get them if they are not your own?
He stated government is poised to trample down its parliament like the elephants of Poris.
Iliving in the U S-dominated neo- imperialist world of today does seem, at times, akin to living in the heart of darkness where, on one hand, the weaker, economically fragile countries cannot help stumbling and groping for their way out of the quagmire of multifarious problems while, on the other hand, the one which happens to be the so-called sole hegemonic power, blinded by its narcissist megalomania, seems ready to trample down sovereignty of all other countries sometimes under the guise of pre-emptive attacks, and sometimes under thegarbof humanitarian intervention - both of these being mere equivocations attempting to legitimizetheir otherwise unlawful intrusive foreign policy measures.
At one crossing point, protesters tried to trample down the barbed wire, only to be driven back by guards with bayonets.
Then, as he stopped to trample down some undergrowth: "You don't know our secret path.