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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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Historical Examples
  • The pulley tied at the base of the derrick jumped up and after it the windlass, which struck the heavy posts like a battering-ram.

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  • They'd rigged up a battering-ram and allowed they meant to smash in our front door.

    Shorty McCabe Sewell Ford
  • The Stikeen breaks directly through the coast range at right angles, like a battering-ram.

  • We just let them skin their knuckles and strain their backs on the battering-ram.

    Shorty McCabe Sewell Ford
  • His name was used as a battering-ram against the Parnassians.

    Paul Verlaine Stefan Zweig
  • There, with the solid force of a battering-ram, he pounded at the heart of the hill.

    The Trail of '98 Robert W. Service
  • Scarcely any wall could resist the continued blows of the battering-ram.

  • I wanted a battering-ram, with which to smash the window and the blind.

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  • Three fell, but the battering-ram came on and struck against the door with tremendous force.

    Prisoners of Hope Mary Johnston
  • He had no help from the Government but 300 kerne and a battering-ram, which he did not use.

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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battering-ram in the Bible

(Ezek. 4:2; 21:22), a military engine, consisting of a long beam of wood hung upon a frame, for making breaches in walls. The end of it which was brought against the wall was shaped like a ram's head.

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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