- ramrods1) N-COUNT A ramrod is a long, thin rod which can be used for pushing something into a narrow tube. Ramrods were used, for example, for forcing an explosive substance down the barrel of an old-fashioned gun, or for cleaning the barrel of a gun.2) PHRASE If someone sits or stands like a ramrod or straight as a ramrod, they have a very straight back and appear rather stiff and formal.
...a woman with iron grey hair, high cheekbones and a figure like a ramrod.
...his dashing military moustache and straight-as-a-ramrod back.3) ADJ: ADJ n If someone has a ramrod back or way of standing, they have a very straight back and hold themselves in a rather stiff and formal way.
I don't have the ramrod posture I had when I was in the Navy.ADV: ADV adjRamrod is also an adverb.
At 75, she's still ramrod straight.
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ramrod — [ram′räd΄] n. 1. a rod used for ramming down the charge in a gun that is loaded through the muzzle ☆ 2. a person in charge, esp. one who is rigid or unyielding vt. ramrodded, ramrodding ☆ to push, direct, or manage in a rigid or unyielding way… … English World dictionary
Ramrod — Ram rod (r[a^]m r[o^]d ), n. The rod used in ramming home the charge in a muzzle loading firearm. [1913 Webster] … The Collaborative International Dictionary of English
ramrod — (n.) 1797, lit. a rod used in ramming, from RAM (Cf. ram) (v.) + ROD (Cf. rod). The verb is 1948, from the noun. Used figuratively for straightness or stiffness from 1939 … Etymology dictionary
ramrod — ► NOUN ▪ a rod for ramming down the charge of a muzzle loading firearm … English terms dictionary
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ramrod — ram|rod1 [ ræm,rad ] noun count a long thin stick that was used for pushing GUNPOWDER into a gun ramrod ram|rod 2 [ ræm,rad ] verb transitive AMERICAN to try to achieve something using force or threats: ramrod a bill through Congress ramrod… … Usage of the words and phrases in modern English
Ramrod — This article is about the firearm component. For other uses, see Ramrod (disambiguation) .A ramrod is a device used with early firearms to push the projectile up against the propellant (mainly gunpowder) … Wikipedia
ramrod — /ram rod /, n., v., ramrodded, ramrodding. n. 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. v.t. 4. to exert discipline and authority on. 5.… … Universalium
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ramrod — noun 1》 a rod for ramming down the charge of a muzzle loading firearm. ↘used to emphasize a person s erect posture: he held himself ramrod straight. 2》 N. Amer. a strict foreman or manager. verb (ramrods, ramrodding, ramrodded) (ramrod… … English new terms dictionary