Definition of battering ram in English:

battering ram


  • 1A heavy beam, originally with an end in the form of a carved ram's head, formerly used in breaching fortifications.

    • ‘There are no defensive ramparts, fortifications, battering rams or even boiling oil; just a fabulous view over the Wharfe valley.’
    • ‘It included 100 foot battering rams and 150 foot high siege towers with bridges (this was the first known use of bridges on siege towers).’
    • ‘The doors are of metal-reinforced hard wood, built to withstand fire and battering rams, and were intended to serve as the palace occupants' last defense.’
    • ‘I assure you, no matter how high the wall, or how cold the siege, in the end all my battles have ended with the battering ram breaking through the main gate.’
    • ‘Another large weapon of siege was used primarily in storms, the battering ram.’
    1. 1.1A heavy object swung or rammed against a door to break it down.
      ‘the police used a battering ram to smash their way into her house’
      figurative ‘a battering ram to crush opposing views’
      • ‘Shortly before 4 p.m. police used a battering ram to break down the front door of the home.’
      • ‘The battering ram crashed rhythmically against the doors, and as the pins slid out one by one, the doors weakened and groaned in their hinged sockets.’
      • ‘A close cousin to humour as a political battering ram is comedy designed to break taboos.’
      • ‘Some large trucks are fitted with battering rams, the better to plow through roadblocks that attempt to halt a convoy in an ambush.’
      • ‘Members of the Armed Response Unit used an enforcer battering ram to smash through the door.’
      • ‘As part of the operation, 11 detectives used a battering ram to smash down the front door of the Keswick Street house at 7.30 am.’
      • ‘The joiner eventually borrowed the police battering ram and forced the door open.’
      • ‘It is thought the passengers may have used a trolley as a battering ram to break down the cockpit door.’
      • ‘It is dramatic, extreme, a battering ram to bust down a door that will not open.’
      • ‘The earliest British tanks were little more than mechanical battering rams, designed to cross a few hundred yards of rough ground, crush wire, and suppress opposition, enabling the infantry to gain their objective.’
      • ‘I saw the police come out with battering rams, but they couldn't get through the front door so the fire brigade went round the back.’
      • ‘The raid happened shortly after 1pm when police officers carrying battering rams dashed from a nearby car park to the door of the house.’
      • ‘Officers wearing stab-proof jackets and helmets secured the rear of the terraced house on the town's Kirkbarrow estate before knocking in the front door with a single swing of a steel battering ram known as an ‘enforcer’.’
      • ‘After about thirty seconds, the first two officers in the line used a battering ram to knock down the door.’
      • ‘Two teams of officers, some clad in protective gear, used a battering ram to break down the back door, while another team went in through the front.’
      • ‘She uses shame like a battering ram that breaks down his self belief and confidence.’
      • ‘Within seconds one of them had fitted a hydraulic jack to the door frame while another began to slam it with a battering ram.’
      • ‘The mob uprooted a street lamp and used it as battering ram to smash in the doors.’
      • ‘Other firefighters, wearing breathing apparatus, smashed the front door down with a battering ram and used thermal imaging equipment to confirm that no one else was trapped inside.’
      • ‘Officers convinced he was at home used a metal battering ram to break the door down.’


battering ram

/ˈbatərɪŋ ˌram/