battering ram

noun

Definition of battering ram

1 : a military siege engine consisting of a large wooden beam with a head of iron used in ancient times to beat down the walls of a besieged place
2 : a heavy metal bar with handles used (as by firefighters) to batter down doors and walls

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The crowd, comprised of mostly young protesters, could be seen on video using a cargo cart and large poles as battering rams against the glass panel of the legislative building. Fox News, "China says Hong Kong protesters' storming of government building 'totally intolerable'," 3 July 2019 Some used metal poles as battering rams and broke through the glass doors. Time Staff, Time, "On the Anniversary of Its Return to Chinese Sovereignty, Hong Kong Flies the Rebel Flag," 1 July 2019 Young, masked protesters used metal bars and trolleys as battering rams to try to break the doors of headquarters as riot police watched from the inside. Doug Criss, CNN, "5 things to know for July 1: Hong Kong, Trump, Sudan, Texas plane crash, alcohol," 1 July 2019 Meanwhile, battering ram striker Salomon Rondon is set to leave the Baggies, with Newcastle United 'closing in' on a deal to sign the 28-year-old. SI.com, "Former Man Utd Defender Training With West Brom & Featured in Pre-Season Friendly Win," 9 July 2018 But as the fight wore on, Salka was defenseless against Varga’s battering ram punches. Fox News, "Boxer wearing 'America 1st' border wall trunks crumbles against Mexican opponent," 14 Apr. 2018 For millennia, these massive military weapons, such as catapults and battering rams, were a popular way to breach defenses. 15. Gemma Tarlach, Discover Magazine, "20 Things You Didn't Know About ... Engines," 13 Feb. 2018 The building will feature special doors for police to training using explosives or battering rams. Erik S. Hanley, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "MATC's Oak Creek campus looking to construct five-story protective services training tower," 29 Jan. 2018 Bowling ball, battering ram – there’s plenty of buzzwords to describe Carolina Panthers running back Jonathan Stewart’s physical style. Brendan Marks, charlotteobserver, "Inside the matchup: Panthers have plan to slow bruising Eagles RB LeGarrette Blount," 11 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of battering ram

1593, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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battering ram

noun

English Language Learners Definition of battering ram

: a large and heavy piece of wood or other material that is used to hit and break through walls and doors

battering ram

noun
bat·​ter·​ing ram | \ ˈba-tə-riŋ-\

Kids Definition of battering ram

1 : an ancient military machine that consisted of a heavy beam with an iron tip swung back and forth in order to batter down walls
2 : a heavy metal bar with handles used (as by firefighters) to break down doors or walls

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