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battering ram

an ancient military device with a heavy horizontal ram for battering down walls, gates, etc.
any of various similar devices, usually machine-powered, used in demolition, by police and firefighters to force entrance to a building, etc.
Origin of battering ram
1605-15 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Neo tears the sign from the ground and wields it as a kendo sword, vaulting pole, and battering ram.
  • Clearly, a danger lurks in the use of investigations as a political battering ram.
  • Using your head as a battering ram may cause brain damage.
  • The narcotics team had already opened the door with a battering ram.
  • It measured twelve feet square at the base and contained a steam engine that actuated a white oak battering ram.
  • As the officers struck the door of the residence with a battering ram, several shots were fired at them from inside.
  • Upon finding that it was locked, they broke down the door with a battering ram.
  • They pulled up in a van outside the house, and several officers quickly broke down the door using a small metal battering ram.
  • When their knocks on the door failed to gain any response, they used a battering ram to open the reinforced door.
  • Prisoners used a table as a battering ram in an attempt to beat the door down.
British Dictionary definitions for battering ram

battering ram

(esp formerly) a large beam used to break down the walls or doors of fortifications
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