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ramrod

[ram-rod] /ˈræmˌrɒd/
noun
1.
a rod for ramming down the charge of a muzzleloading firearm.
2.
a cleaning rod for the barrel of a firearm.
3.
a strict disciplinarian; martinet.
verb (used with object), ramrodded, ramrodding.
4.
to exert discipline and authority on.
5.
to strike or injure with or as if with a ramrod.
6.
to accomplish or put into action by force, intimidation, etc.:
to ramrod a bill through Congress.
Origin of ramrod
1750-1760
1750-60; ram1 + rod
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  • As he fell, she seized the ramrod from his hand and took his place.

    George Washington Calista McCabe Courtenay
  • We are grown stiff with the ramrod of convention down our backs.

    The Four Million

    O. Henry
  • The other ramrod he left intact, except that he sharpened one end.

    On the Irrawaddy G. A. Henty
  • The ball was rather tight, and offered some resistance to the ramrod.

    Louise de la Valliere Alexandre Dumas, Pere
  • "His excellency is more of a ramrod than ever to-day," said Egon to his friend as they went on.

    The Northern Light E. Werner
  • He got out his little bottle of oil and a rag and ramrod to clean his rifle.

    Laramie Holds the Range Frank H. Spearman
  • Pushing the broom up the chimney, he used it as one uses a ramrod, helping the murmurous Robert in his upward path.

    The Gay Adventure Richard Bird
  • “There it is then, rammed hard,” I said, as I made the ramrod ring.

    Mass' George George Manville Fenn
  • When Harding entered, Boone was broiling a venison steak on the end of his ramrod.

    Pioneers of the Old Southwest Constance Lindsay Skinner
  • Monsieur Carmaignac was little, lean, and as straight as a ramrod.

    The Room in the Dragon Volant J. Sheridan LeFanu
British Dictionary definitions for ramrod

ramrod

/ˈræmˌrɒd/
noun
1.
a rod for cleaning the barrel of a rifle or other small firearms
2.
a rod for ramming in the charge of a muzzle-loading firearm
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Word Origin and History for ramrod
n.

1757, literally "a rod used in ramming" (the charge of a gun), from ram (v.) + rod. Used figuratively for straightness or stiffness from 1939, also figuratively for formality, primness (ramroddy is in Century Dictionary, 1902). The verb is 1948, from the noun. Related: Ramrodded; ramrodding.

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