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ramrod

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noun ram·rod \ˈram-ˌräd\

Definition of ramrod

  1. 1 :  a rod for ramming home the charge in a muzzle-loading firearm

  2. 2 :  a cleaning rod for small arms

  3. 3 :  boss, overseer

1706

First Known Use of ramrod

1706

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ramrod

adjective ram·rod

Definition of ramrod

  1. :  marked by rigidity, severity, or stiffness

Examples of ramrod in a Sentence

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

1850

First Known Use of ramrod

1850


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ramrod

verb ram·rod

Definition of ramrod

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to force with a ramrod ramrodded the charge into the muzzle —often used figuratively He refused to be ramrodded into his decision. … a self-made millionaire and visionary entrepreneur who as the fair's chairman ramrodded the project through from conception to completion. — Joyce Leviton They tried to ramrod the bill through the legislature.

  3. 2 :  to direct, supervise, and control … the police sergeant chosen by Dick Snider to ramrod his fledgling Border Crime Task Force. — Joseph Wambaugh

1912

First Known Use of ramrod

1912


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ramrod

adverb ram·rod

Definition of ramrod

  1. :  in a fully upright position :  rigidly sat ramrod straight

1954

First Known Use of ramrod

1954



RAMROD Defined for English Language Learners

ramrod

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Definition of ramrod for English Language Learners

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


RAMROD Defined for Kids

ramrod

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noun ram·rod \ˈram-ˌräd\

Definition of ramrod for Students

  1. :  a rod for forcing the charge down the barrel in a firearm that is loaded through the muzzle



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