treat like dirt

treat like dirt

Meaning | Synonyms

  • behave someone very badly without respect
  • show disdain toward
  • to have no respect or consideration for someone
  • to deal with someone in a manner that shows no respect for them

Example Sentences

  1. My boss treats all his employees like dirt.
  2. I don’t know why she stays with him. He treats her like dirt.
  3. For years I allowed him to treat me like dirt.
  4. If you treat your customers like dirt, they won’t come back to your shop again.


This idiom uses dirt in the sense of “something worthless” a usage dating from the mid-1300s in English language.

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