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ramrod (n.)

1757, "a rod used in ramming" (the charge of a gun or other firearm), from ram (v.) + rod (n.). Used figuratively for straightness or stiffness by 1939; also figurative of formality or primness (ramroddy, 1886). The verb in the figurative meaning "to force or drive as with a ramrod" is by 1948. Related: Ramrodded; ramrodding.

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Definitions of ramrod from WordNet

ramrod (n.)
a rod used to ram the charge into a muzzle-loading firearm;
ramrod (n.)
a harshly demanding overseer;
ramrod (n.)
a rod used to clean the barrel of a firearm;
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