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

First recorded in 1605–15
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Examples from the Web for battering ram

Historical Examples of battering ram

  • They'd rigged up a battering-ram and allowed they meant to smash in our front door.

    Shorty McCabe

    Sewell Ford

  • We just let them skin their knuckles and strain their backs on the battering-ram.

    Shorty McCabe

    Sewell Ford

  • There, with the solid force of a battering-ram, he pounded at the heart of the hill.

    The Trail of '98

    Robert W. Service

  • I wanted a battering-ram, with which to smash the window and the blind.

    Seek and Find

    Oliver Optic

  • But they had a far more powerful weapon than any battering-ram.


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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