Meaning of ramrod

ram•rod

Pronunciation: (ram'rod"), [key]
— 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 strict disciplinarian; martinet.
—v.t.
  1. to exert discipline and authority on.
  2. to strike or injure with or as if with a ramrod.
  3. to accomplish or put into action by force, intimidation, etc.: to ramrod a bill through Congress.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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