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battering ram

noun
1.
an ancient military device with a heavy horizontal ram for battering down walls, gates, etc.
2.
any of various similar devices, usually machine-powered, used in demolition, by police and firefighters to force entrance to a building, etc.
Origin of battering ram
1605-1615
First recorded in 1605-15
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  • He charged the cattle around him, driving them back like a battering ram.

    Dwellers in the Hills Melville Davisson Post
  • The tortoise of the battering ram was constructed in the same way.

  • Had I had anything to use as a battering ram, I would have begun on the door.

    Swept Out to Sea

    W. Bertram Foster
  • "Going to try a battering ram," said Tom, rather scared at the sight.

    With Wellington in Spain F. S. Brereton
  • Another was the battering ram for making breaches in the walls of fortresses.

    Invention Bradley A. Fiske
  • Did you build your houses for destruction by fire, and your walls for the battering ram?

    Jeremiah Stefan Zweig
  • Again and again she flung herself at it like a battering ram.

    The Bungalow Boys Along the Yukon

    Dexter J. Forrester
British Dictionary definitions for battering ram

battering ram

noun
1.
(esp formerly) a large beam used to break down the walls or doors of fortifications
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