ramrod straight

idiom

: in a very straight and stiff way
used especially to describe the way someone stands or sits
He sat in the saddle, ramrod straight.

Examples of ramrod straight in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Nation/World As a girl in South Korea, Kristen Yoo walked with books on her head to cultivate a model’s ramrod straight posture. Jeong Park, Anchorage Daily News, 22 Apr. 2023 In the audience, seated with her parents and two daughters, Joy watched her son speak, ramrod straight in his blue uniform festooned with badges and metals. Sydney Trent, Washington Post, 2 Nov. 2022 Nation/World As a girl in South Korea, Kristen Yoo walked with books on her head to cultivate a model’s ramrod straight posture. Jeong Park, Anchorage Daily News, 22 Apr. 2023 His posture became ramrod straight. Marcia Desanctis, Vogue, 4 Jan. 2023 In Hyde Park, many stood ramrod straight, with heads bowed in a moment of uniform solemnity remarkable for a crowd that size. Los Angeles Times, 19 Sep. 2022 While fierce winds have contorted the towering trunks of its neighbors, the spruce’s trunk is ramrod straight. Juliet Eilperin, Anchorage Daily News, 1 Jan. 2022 At the end of that line, Mayor Eric Adams, stood ramrod straight in a tan overcoat. Corey Kilgannon, New York Times, 5 Oct. 2022 The star of Tuesday’s fourth hearing of the January 6 committee was a ramrod straight Arizonan, a grizzled figure who could play a retired sheriff in an old-time Western. Walter Shapiro, The New Republic, 21 June 2022

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“Ramrod straight.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ramrod%20straight. Accessed 16 Jul. 2024.

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