ramrod
I. noun Date: 1757 1. a rod for ramming home the charge in a muzzle-loading firearm 2. a cleaning rod for small arms 3. boss, overseer II. adjective Date: 1850 marked by rigidity, severity, or stiffness III. transitive verb Date: circa 1940 to direct, supervise, and control IV. adverb Date: 1954 in a fully upright position ; rigidly <
sat 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

  • ramrod — [[t]ræ̱mrɒd[/t]] ramrods 1) 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… …   English dictionary

  • 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

  • ramrod — 1. noun a) Device used with early firearms to push the projectile up against the propellant. ... the squadron (No. 452) moved to Kenley in July 1941 and took part in the usual round of Circus, Rhubarb and Ramrod missions. b) Ranch or trail… …   Wiktionary

  • 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

  • ramrod — UK [ˈræmˌrɒd] / US [ˈræmˌrɑd] noun [countable] Word forms ramrod : singular ramrod plural ramrods a long thin stick that was used for pushing gunpowder into a gun …   English dictionary

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