ramrod

noun
ram·​rod | \ ˈram-ˌräd How to pronounce ramrod (audio) \

Definition of ramrod

 (Entry 1 of 4)

1 : a rod for ramming home the charge in a muzzle-loading firearm
2 : a cleaning rod for small arms

ramrod

adjective

Definition of ramrod (Entry 2 of 4)

: marked by rigidity, severity, or stiffness

ramrod

verb
ramrodded; ramrodding; ramrods

Definition of ramrod (Entry 3 of 4)

transitive verb

1 : to force with a ramrod ramrodded the charge into the muzzle often used figurativelyHe 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 LevitonThey 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

ramrod

adverb

Definition of ramrod (Entry 4 of 4)

: in a fully upright position : rigidly sat ramrod straight

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Examples of ramrod in a Sentence

Adjective a ramrod camp director who's been known to send kids home for a minor infraction of the rules
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Its protagonist, played with ramrod conviction by Gary Cooper, is a dogmatic modern architect, Howard Roark, who would prefer to starve than to build in the classical style. Mark Lamster, Dallas News, "An executive order to ‘make federal buildings beautiful again’ is a needless distraction," 7 Feb. 2020 Members of a Marine honor guard trailed behind, clad in navy blue uniforms, white caps and white gloves, marching ramrod-straight to muffled drums and the clip-clop of horse hoofs. Ian Shapira, Washington Post, "He was a baby when his dad died in Afghanistan. He’s 18 now, and the war still isn’t over.," 26 Nov. 2019 This was his last season as ramrod of Little Dease Ventures. oregonlive, "Bill Monroe: Admiring grit, toasting friendship on a lake in British Columbia," 12 Oct. 2019 The troops stood, ramrod straight, in their Army and Marine Corps dress uniforms, in silence, each man and woman giving a slow salute with a white-gloved hand as the name of a fallen service member was called. David Anderson, baltimoresun.com, "Aberdeen Proving Ground leaders honor 29 fallen service members for Gold Star Mothers’ and Families’ Day," 8 Oct. 2019 In the klatch of voters watching from their lawn chairs, a woman in a blue windbreaker, maybe in her late twenties, sat ramrod straight, the phone tightly gripped in her hand forgotten for the moment. Walter Shapiro, The New Republic, "Pete Buttigieg’s Undeniable Allure," 4 Oct. 2019 Tall, slender and with ramrod straight posture, Wright takes the audience along with her on her journey. Joanne Engelhardt, The Mercury News, "Theater review: ‘Language Archive’ talks the talk," 18 July 2019 Salmon radiates power, perpetually standing ramrod-straight in his striking costume, which suggests both military and royal authority. Samantha Nelson, The Verge, "In season 2, Krypton keeps viewers guessing," 12 June 2019 Guyger sat ramrod straight during the proceedings at the Frank Crowley Courts Building just outside downtown Dallas. Jennifer Emily, Dallas News, "Fired Dallas officer Amber Guyger appears in court for murder case in fatal shooting of Botham Jean," 6 June 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Christians and pro-democracy supporters are worried the Chinese government could make another attempt to ramrod legislation in Hong Kong that would specifically target the faith community and strip basic human rights. Fox News, "Hong Kong Christians fear religious freedom could be 'gone forever'," 17 Sep. 2019 As the state-of-the-art hydraulics move her into position, her posture shifts from millennial slump to ramrod straight. TIME.com, "Game of Thrones: How They Make the World’s Most Popular Show," 30 June 2017

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First Known Use of ramrod

Noun

1706, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adjective

1850, in the meaning defined above

Verb

1912, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adverb

1954, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of ramrod was in 1706

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16 Feb 2020

Cite this Entry

“Ramrod.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ramrod. Accessed 27 Feb. 2020.

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More Definitions for ramrod

ramrod

noun
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English Language Learners Definition of ramrod

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

ramrod

noun
ram·​rod | \ ˈram-ˌräd How to pronounce ramrod (audio) \

Kids Definition of ramrod

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

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