ram·rod
\ˈram-ˌräd\
noun

  • 1 : a rod for ramming home thecharge in a muzzle-loading firearm
  • 2 : a cleaning rod for small arms
  • 3 : boss, overseer

First use: 1757

2

ramrod
adjective

  • : marked by rigidity, severity, orstiffness

First use: 1850

Synonyms: austere, authoritarian,flinty, hard, harsh, heavy-handed,severe, rigid, rigorous, stern, strict,tough
Antonyms: clement, forbearing,gentle, indulgent, lax, lenient, tolerant

3

ramrod
transitive verb

  • : to direct, supervise, and control

First use: circa 1940

4

ramrod
adverb

  • : in a fully upright position : rigidly<sat ramrod straight>

First use: 1954

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