ram rod

ramrod

[ram-rod]
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:
1750–60; ram1 + rod

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ramrod (ˈræmˌrɒd)
 
n
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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ramrod
1797, lit. "a rod used in ramming," from ram (v.) + rod. The verb is 1948, from the noun. Used figuratively for straightness or stiffness from 1939.
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