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ramrod

1ramrod

noun ram·rod \ˈram-ˌräd\

: a metal bar that is used to push explosive material down into the barrel of some old-fashioned guns

Full Definition of RAMROD

1
:  a rod for ramming home the charge in a muzzle-loading firearm
2
:  a cleaning rod for small arms
3
:  boss, overseer

First Known Use of RAMROD

1757

Other Weapons and Explosives Terms

automatic, carbine, cudgel, muzzle, rapier

2ramrod

adjective

Definition of RAMROD

:  marked by rigidity, severity, or stiffness

Examples of RAMROD

  1. <a ramrod camp director who's been known to send kids home for a minor infraction of the rules>

First Known Use of RAMROD

1850

3ramrod

verb

Definition of RAMROD

transitive verb
:  to direct, supervise, and control

First Known Use of RAMROD

circa 1940

4ramrod

adverb

Definition of RAMROD

:  in a fully upright position :  rigidly <sat ramrod straight>

First Known Use of RAMROD

1954

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