Definition of ramrod in English:


Syllabification: ram·rod
Pronunciation: /ˈramˌräd


  • 1A rod for ramming down the charge of a muzzleloading firearm.
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    • Raven now withdrew a metal ramrod that was set beneath the metal tube, and stared at it.
    • We both rammed the ball down at the same time, throwing the ramrod over our shoulders carelessly.
    • Another plus on the side of safety is the length of the ramrod, which matches the distance from base of breech to muzzle.
  • 1.1Used in similes and metaphors to describe someone’s erect or rigid posture: he held himself ramrod straight
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    • Every time he appeared on screen, with his ramrod straight posture and gaze of steel, my friends and I would burst out laughing.
    • On Mondays her hair is crumpled and unbrushed, she is slumped in her seat (unlike her usual ramrod posture), and she looks paler than a corpse in a coffin.
    • With his ramrod posture and off-the-cuff New York delivery, Dean did not meet that need.
  • 1.2North American A person, especially one in a position of leadership, who is strict and uncompromising.

verb (ramrods, ramrodding, ramrodded)

[with object] (ramrod something through) chiefly North American Back to top  
  • Force a proposed measure to be accepted or completed quickly: they ramrodded through legislation voiding the court injunctions
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    • While the vote shows that the pan-blue camp will no longer be able to ramrod its proposals through the legislature, the pan-green camp will still have to battle to get its legislative platform enacted.
    • I am dismayed that once again a condo project has been ramrodded through without any democratic consultation.
    • They resisted the efforts of the Berskshire Sports & Entertainment group (BS&E) formed to ramrod the stadium through.

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