Definition of battering ram in US English:

battering ram


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

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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).’
    • ‘Another large weapon of siege was used primarily in storms, the battering ram.’
    • ‘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.’
    1. 1.1 A 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’
      • ‘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’.’
      • ‘Some large trucks are fitted with battering rams, the better to plow through roadblocks that attempt to halt a convoy in an ambush.’
      • ‘The raid happened shortly after 1pm when police officers carrying battering rams dashed from a nearby car park to the door of the house.’
      • ‘Shortly before 4 p.m. police used a battering ram to break down the front door of the home.’
      • ‘She uses shame like a battering ram that breaks down his self belief and confidence.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Within seconds one of them had fitted a hydraulic jack to the door frame while another began to slam it with a battering ram.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The mob uprooted a street lamp and used it as battering ram to smash in the doors.’
      • ‘The joiner eventually borrowed the police battering ram and forced the door open.’
      • ‘Members of the Armed Response Unit used an enforcer battering ram to smash through the door.’
      • ‘A close cousin to humour as a political battering ram is comedy designed to break taboos.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘It is thought the passengers may have used a trolley as a battering ram to break down the cockpit 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 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.’
      • ‘After about thirty seconds, the first two officers in the line used a battering ram to knock down the door.’
      • ‘Officers convinced he was at home used a metal battering ram to break the door down.’
      • ‘It is dramatic, extreme, a battering ram to bust down a door that will not open.’


battering ram

/ˈbædərɪŋ ˈræm//ˈbadəriNG ˈram/