battering ram

noun

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

Examples of battering ram in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web During the search, officers damaged Johnson’s property, including her garage door, which was smashed with a battering ram, the complaint says. Julia Marnin, Sacramento Bee, 5 Mar. 2024 Protestors in Mexico used a pickup truck as a battering ram to break down the doors of Mexico City’s National Palace, video shows. Julia Gomez, USA TODAY, 6 Mar. 2024 True to his brand, then, the president is set to embark on his reelection campaign with all the delicacy of a battering ram. Noah Rothman, National Review, 3 Jan. 2024 Chemotherapy is like a battering ram where aggressive strikes are a good strategy. Carla K. Johnson, San Diego Union-Tribune, 13 Feb. 2024 In January 2015, Meadows and Jordan formed the House Freedom Caucus as a battering ram to oppose the Republican leadership. Robert Draper, New York Times, 8 Feb. 2024 This year, Hess is offering a Police Truck and Cruiser (one of which comes with a slide-out battering ram and the other promises ‘wheelie poppin’ action’). Chris Morris, Fortune, 24 Oct. 2023 But because the book came out in 1980, Bangs hadn’t yet had a chance to hear Iron Maiden, who sounded not just like a battering ram, but also a fighter jet, a thousand charging horses, and an air-raid siren all at the same time. Kory Grow, Rolling Stone, 2 May 2023 But, because of its deep pockets and flair for mischief-making, the party has emerged as Russia’s most potent battering ram against Moldova’s shift toward the West. Andrew Higgins, New York Times, 24 Sep. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1593, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of battering ram was in 1593

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“Battering ram.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/battering%20ram. Accessed 21 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

battering ram

noun
1
: an ancient military machine consisting of a large iron-tipped wooden beam used to beat down walls
2
: a heavy metal bar with handles used (as by firefighters) to batter down doors and walls

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