- to exert discipline and authority on.
- to strike or injure with or as if with a ramrod.
- to accomplish or put into action by force, intimidation, etc.: to ramrod a bill through Congress.
Origin of ramrod
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Examples from the Web for ramrod
Monsieur Carmaignac was little, lean, and as straight as a ramrod.The Room in the Dragon Volant
J. Sheridan LeFanu
He was tiny, but straight as a ramrod in his natty khaki uniform.Sure Pop and the Safety Scouts
Roy Rutherford Bailey
"They're not loaded," said I, after trying them with the ramrod.
He jammed it all down with the ramrod, and I was never able to get it up again.The Stark Munro Letters
J. Stark Munro
He was straight as a ramrod; there was self-confidence in his carriage and pride in his mien.The Wrong Woman
Charles D. Stewart
- a rod for cleaning the barrel of a rifle or other small firearms
- a rod for ramming in the charge of a muzzle-loading firearm
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Word Origin and History for ramrod
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