Definition of ramrod in US English:



  • 1A rod for ramming down the charge of a muzzleloading firearm.

    • ‘The next step is ensuring an unloaded firearm, which is accomplished with the ramrod as explained earlier.’
    • ‘Another plus on the side of safety is the length of the ramrod, which matches the distance from base of breech to muzzle.’
    • ‘This produces enough tension to keep the ramrod from wiggling around and cancels the tendency to come loose from the barrel groove under recoil.’
    • ‘Two brown-finish thimbles under the barrel secure the wooden ramrod.’
    • ‘Raven now withdrew a metal ramrod that was set beneath the metal tube, and stared at it.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘This lever is hollow to house the shot barrel ramrod, which generally lands on the ground.’
    • ‘‘Take away the ramrod and you'd barely know it was a muzzleloader,’ Remington Arms says of its Model 700 in-line muzzleloaders.’
    • ‘We both rammed the ball down at the same time, throwing the ramrod over our shoulders carelessly.’
    • ‘I watched his hands, tipping measured amounts of powder from a pewter horn, tapping in a ball and wad with a short 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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Contemporary drill manuals dictated twenty separate steps to load and fire the Bess, including five just to replace the ramrod.’
    1. 1.1 Used in similes and metaphors to describe someone's erect or rigid posture.
      ‘he held himself ramrod straight’
      • ‘I lay down beside him on my back, stiff as a ramrod, praying he wasn't going to do what he did.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘She turned her back to Maura, her spine ramrod straight.’
      • ‘He glanced at the girl next to him, holding her head so regally and high, her back ramrod straight.’
      • ‘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 was walking back over to his car, back 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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Her body was ramrod straight, stiff with tension.’
      • ‘Blackstone entered, his back ramrod straight, as if he were still in the military.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘She glared and him from one step down, her back ramrod straight.’
      • ‘He sat ramrod straight and stared straight ahead.’
      • ‘He handed over his passport to the ramrod stiff guard in the booth and waited.’
      • ‘She was sitting ramrod straight in her chair, with perfect posture, of course.’
      • ‘With his ramrod posture and off-the-cuff New York delivery, Dean did not meet that need.’
      • ‘Every time he appeared on screen, with his ramrod straight posture and gaze of steel, my friends and I would burst out laughing.’
      • ‘The magazine that was in my hand flew from my hand and up I stood like a ramrod and trampled out into the stairwell.’
      • ‘He walks over to his locker, stiff-legged, his back ramrod straight, and grabs his change of clothes.’
      • ‘Walking over to the wall, he pulled his body gracefully up and sat down with his back ramrod straight.’
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    2. 1.2North American A person, especially one in a position of leadership, who is strict and uncompromising.
      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’
    • ‘I am dismayed that once again a condo project has been ramrodded through without any democratic consultation.’
    • ‘It shows that she is interested only in ramrodding it through Parliament, come what may.’
    • ‘They resisted the efforts of the Berskshire Sports & Entertainment group (BS&E) formed to ramrod the stadium through.’
    • ‘Significantly, it was ramrodded through Smith & Wesson when a gun-smart woman, Sherry Collins, was in charge of the company's marketing.’
    • ‘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.’