battering ram

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noun

an ancient military device with a heavy horizontal ram for battering down walls, gates, etc.
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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battering ram


noun

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