ramrod


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ram·rod

 (răm′rŏd′)
n.
1. A rod used to force the charge into a muzzleloading firearm.
2. A rod used to clean the barrel of a firearm.
3. A harshly demanding overseer; a disciplinarian.
tr.v. ram·rod·ded, ram·rod·ding, ram·rods
1. To exert strict control over; supervise closely.
2. To force passage or acceptance of: ramrodded the bill through Congress.

ramrod

(ˈræmˌrɒd)
n
1. (Firearms, Gunnery, Ordnance & Artillery) a rod for cleaning the barrel of a rifle or other small firearms
2. (Firearms, Gunnery, Ordnance & Artillery) a rod for ramming in the charge of a muzzle-loading firearm

ram•rod

(ˈræmˌrɒd)

n., v. -rod•ded, -rod•ding. n.
1. a rod for ramming down the charge of a muzzleloading firearm.
2. a cleaning rod for the barrel of a firearm.
3. a rigid, strict disciplinarian.
4. a boss.
v.t.
5. to accomplish by force.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.ramrod - a rod used to ram the charge into a muzzle-loading firearm
rod - a long thin implement made of metal or wood
2.ramrod - a harshly demanding overseer
overseer, superintendent - a person who directs and manages an organization
3.ramrod - a rod used to clean the barrel of a firearm
rod - a long thin implement made of metal or wood
Translations

ramrod

[ˈræmrɒd] Nbaqueta f

ramrod

nLadestock m; he’s sitting there as stiff or straight as a ramroder sitzt da, als hätte er einen Besenstiel verschluckt
adjstocksteif; he is tall and thin, with a ramrod postureer ist groß und dünn, mit einer Haltung wie ein Ladestock
advstocksteif; ramrod straightstocksteif, gerade or aufrecht wie ein Ladestock
References in classic literature ?
Levin took out a ramrod and began sketching him the staircase in the dust.
I slipped the ramrod down it to make sure it was loaded, then I laid it across the turnip barrel, pointing towards pap, and set down behind it to wait for him to stir.
Taking advantage of its well known curiosity, he laid down flat among the grass, and putting his handkerchief on the end of his ramrod, waved it gently in the air.
In an instant he stood as stiff and straight as a ramrod, and the heavy eyes kindled with an angry spark as he said, in his high and mighty manner
We are grown stiff with the ramrod of convention down our backs.
Lie down, you old villain,” exclaimed Leather-Stocking, shaking his ramrod at Hector as he bounded toward the foot of the tree, “ lie down, I say.
The latter remained in the hall, busy with his ramrod and his gun; the former walked in, and stood with his back to the fire, surveying Mr.
The effect of all this was that Newman, for the first time in his life, was not himself; that he measured his movements, and counted his words, and resolved that if the occasion demanded that he should appear to have swallowed a ramrod, he would meet the emergency.
English officials - Deputy Commissioners even - turned aside from the main road to visit him, and on those occasions he dressed himself in the uniform of ancient days, and stood up like a ramrod.
Further off, in a sort of gloom and beyond the light of day and the movement of the street, I saw the figure of a man, stiff like a ramrod, moving with small steps, a slight girlish figure by his side.
They have brought cannon balls, broken ramrods, fragments of shell--iron enough to freight a sloop.
Some were using their ramrods, others putting powder on the touchpans or taking charges from their pouches, while others were firing, though who they were firing at could not be seen for the smoke which there was no wind to carry away.