Definition of battering ram in English:

battering ram

Syllabification: bat·ter·ing ram


1A heavy object swung or rammed against a door to break it down: figurative a battering ram to crush opposing views
More example sentences
  • Officers convinced he was at home used a metal battering ram to break the door down.
  • Officers wearing stab-proof jackets and helmets secured the rear of the terraced house on the town's Kirkbarrow estate before knocking in the front door with a single swing of a steel battering ram known as an ‘enforcer’.
  • It is thought the passengers may have used a trolley as a battering ram to break down the cockpit door.
1.1 historical A heavy beam, originally with an end in the form of a carved ram’s head, used in breaching fortifications.
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  • There are no defensive ramparts, fortifications, battering rams or even boiling oil; just a fabulous view over the Wharfe valley.
  • Another large weapon of siege was used primarily in storms, the battering ram.
  • It included 100 foot battering rams and 150 foot high siege towers with bridges (this was the first known use of bridges on siege towers).

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