straight as a ramrod

Definition of straight as a ramrod

  1. :  in a very straight and stiff way —used especially to describe the way someone stands or sits The guard stood straight as a ramrod.

Word by Word Definitions

straightplay
  1. :  free from curves, bends, angles, or irregularities

    :  generated by a point moving continuously in the same direction and expressed by a linear equation

    :  lying along or holding to a direct or proper course or method

  1. :  in a straight manner

  1. :  straighten

  1. :  something that is straight: such as

    :  a straight line or arrangement

    :  straightaway

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

    :  a cleaning rod for small arms

    :  boss, overseer

  1. :  marked by rigidity, severity, or stiffness

  1. :  to force with a ramrod

    :  to direct, supervise, and control

  1. :  in a fully upright position :  rigidly


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