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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
1605-1615
1605-15
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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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