a rod for ramming down the charge of a muzzleloading firearm.
a cleaning rod for the barrel of a firearm.
a strict disciplinarian; martinet.
verb (used with object), ramrodded, ramrodding.
to exert discipline and authority on.
to strike or injure with or as if with a ramrod.
to accomplish or put into action by force, intimidation, etc.: to ramrod a bill through Congress.

1750–60; ram1 + rod

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ramrod (ˈræmˌrɒd)
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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Word Origin & History

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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Example sentences
There's a difference between a good healthy posture and an uptight ramrod.
Her body is perfectly balanced, she holds herself straight, and yet in nothing
  suggests a ramrod.
The army lolls and longs for the shade, of which some get a hand's breadth,
  from a shelter tent stuck upon a ramrod.
Maybe it's the top-gun lingo and ramrod driving posture.
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