treat like dirt

treat like dirt

Meanings:
– 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

Examples:
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.

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

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