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battering ram

noun
1.
an ancient military device with a heavy horizontal ram for battering down walls, gates, etc.
2.
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
1605-1615
1605-15
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  • The battering ram was simply a heavy timber with a metal head, swung by chains from a kind of wooden trestle.

    Life on a Mediaeval Barony William Stearns Davis
  • Had I had anything to use as a battering ram, I would have begun on the door.

    Swept Out to Sea W. Bertram Foster
  • This is the battering ram, a fearful beast, I think he weighs a thousand tons at least.

    A Phenomenal Fauna Carolyn Wells
  • "Going to try a battering ram," said Tom, rather scared at the sight.

    With Wellington in Spain F. S. Brereton
  • The thing was one of the long, squared timbers we had noted outside; and it was being used as a battering ram.

    The Killer Stewart Edward White
  • Again and again she flung herself at it like a battering ram.

    The Bungalow Boys Along the Yukon Dexter J. Forrester
  • There was what they called the battering ram, which was a long and very heavy beam of wood, headed with iron or brass.

    Alexander the Great Jacob Abbott
British Dictionary definitions for battering ram

battering ram

noun
1.
(esp formerly) a large beam used to break down the walls or doors of fortifications
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