- 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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- 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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