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ramrod

noun ram·rod \ ˈram-ˌräd \
Updated on: 12 May 2018

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

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First Known Use of ramrod

1706

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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ramrod

adjective

Definition of ramrod

: 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

First Known Use of ramrod

1850

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ramrod

verb

Definition of ramrod

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

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First Known Use of ramrod

1912

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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ramrod

adverb

Definition of ramrod

: in a fully upright position : rigidly
  • sat ramrod straight

First Known Use of ramrod

1954

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RAMROD Defined for English Language Learners

ramrod

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

noun ram·rod \ ˈram-ˌräd \

Definition of ramrod for Students

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


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