ramrod

[ram-rod]
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noun

a rod for ramming down the charge of a muzzleloading firearm.
a cleaning rod for the barrel of a firearm.
a strict disciplinarian; martinet.

verb (used with object), ram·rod·ded, ram·rod·ding.

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

First recorded in 1750–60; ram1 + rod
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ramrod

noun

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
n.

1757, literally "a rod used in ramming" (the charge of a gun), from ram (v.) + rod. Used figuratively for straightness or stiffness from 1939, also figuratively for formality, primness (ramroddy is in Century Dictionary, 1902). The verb is 1948, from the noun. Related: Ramrodded; ramrodding.

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