Definition of ramrod in English:



  • 1A rod for ramming down the charge of a muzzle-loading firearm.

    • ‘This lever is hollow to house the shot barrel ramrod, which generally lands on the ground.’
    • ‘Another plus on the side of safety is the length of the ramrod, which matches the distance from base of breech to muzzle.’
    • ‘‘Take away the ramrod and you'd barely know it was a muzzleloader,’ Remington Arms says of its Model 700 in-line muzzleloaders.’
    • ‘The next step is ensuring an unloaded firearm, which is accomplished with the ramrod as explained earlier.’
    • ‘I watched his hands, tipping measured amounts of powder from a pewter horn, tapping in a ball and wad with a short ramrod.’
    • ‘Contemporary drill manuals dictated twenty separate steps to load and fire the Bess, including five just to replace the ramrod.’
    • ‘For the double-ended ramrods, one end is threaded for cleaning attachments and the other end shaped concave for loading a patched round lead ball over 30 grains of powder.’
    • ‘We both rammed the ball down at the same time, throwing the ramrod over our shoulders carelessly.’
    • ‘Stark's regiment loaded the powder and wad into the muzzle of their gun, and with a ramrod forced a musketball into the burning hot barrel of the weapon.’
    • ‘Raven now withdrew a metal ramrod that was set beneath the metal tube, and stared at it.’
    • ‘Two brown-finish thimbles under the barrel secure the wooden ramrod.’
    • ‘This produces enough tension to keep the ramrod from wiggling around and cancels the tendency to come loose from the barrel groove under recoil.’
    • ‘Also included is our custom made collapsible brass and wood ramrod that tucks neatly into the fore-end when not in use and a wrench for easy removal of the breech plug for both safety and easy cleaning.’
    1. 1.1 Used in similes and metaphors to describe an erect or rigid posture.
      ‘he held himself ramrod straight’
      • ‘Sitting ramrod straight in an armchair in the sitting room of the London hotel where she is staying, she replies that she had forgotten she had written that.’
      • ‘She turned her back to Maura, her spine ramrod straight.’
      • ‘He handed over his passport to the ramrod stiff guard in the booth and waited.’
      • ‘Every time he appeared on screen, with his ramrod straight posture and gaze of steel, my friends and I would burst out laughing.’
      • ‘Jillie tossed her hair over her shoulder as she walked to her car, her back ramrod straight, feeling his eyes boring into her with every step she took.’
      • ‘Walking over to the wall, he pulled his body gracefully up and sat down with his back ramrod straight.’
      • ‘With his back ramrod straight, he balances a heavy water jug on his head, spilling not a drop, and turns to trudge up the hill.’
      • ‘Blackstone entered, his back ramrod straight, as if he were still in the military.’
      • ‘She glared and him from one step down, her back ramrod straight.’
      • ‘The magazine that was in my hand flew from my hand and up I stood like a ramrod and trampled out into the stairwell.’
      • ‘Her body was ramrod straight, stiff with tension.’
      • ‘I lay down beside him on my back, stiff as a ramrod, praying he wasn't going to do what he did.’
      • ‘He sat ramrod straight and stared straight ahead.’
      • ‘She was sitting ramrod straight in her chair, with perfect posture, of course.’
      • ‘He was walking back over to his car, back ramrod straight.’
      • ‘He walks over to his locker, stiff-legged, his back ramrod straight, and grabs his change of clothes.’
      • ‘On Mondays her hair is crumpled and unbrushed, she is slumped in her seat (unlike her usual ramrod posture), and she looks paler than a corpse in a coffin.’
      • ‘When the visit was over and Biden started to leave, a young girl stood ramrod straight at her desk and said, ‘You cannot leave.’’
      • ‘He glanced at the girl next to him, holding her head so regally and high, her back ramrod straight.’
      • ‘With his ramrod posture and off-the-cuff New York delivery, Dean did not meet that need.’
      phallus, erect penis
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  • 2North American A foreman or manager, especially one who is a strict disciplinarian.

    ‘he was ramrod for the construction of the Apollo command module’
    supervisor, overseer, superintendent, manager, boss, team leader, line manager, controller
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[WITH OBJECT]ramrod something through
North American
  • Force a proposed measure to be accepted or completed quickly.

    ‘they ramrodded through legislation voiding the court injunctions’
    • ‘Significantly, it was ramrodded through Smith & Wesson when a gun-smart woman, Sherry Collins, was in charge of the company's marketing.’
    • ‘I am dismayed that once again a condo project has been ramrodded through without any democratic consultation.’
    • ‘They resisted the efforts of the Berskshire Sports & Entertainment group (BS&E) formed to ramrod the stadium through.’
    • ‘While the vote shows that the pan-blue camp will no longer be able to ramrod its proposals through the legislature, the pan-green camp will still have to battle to get its legislative platform enacted.’
    • ‘It shows that she is interested only in ramrodding it through Parliament, come what may.’