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be as stiff/straight as a ramrod

  (old-fashioned)
if someone is as stiff as a ramrod, they stand or sit with their back very straight and stiff At eighty-three, he's still as straight as a ramrod.
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ramrod

tv. to lead something; to act as the driving force behind something. Who is going to ramrod this project?
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You next need to place your bullet down the barrel as well, on top of the powder, forcing it all the way down with your ramrod.
50-caliber percussion pistols have 3 1/4-inch barrels, silver and German silver mountings, and integral ramrods.
Midland musician John Graham, who was 67 and played in 1960s rock band The Ramrods, was buried in a 12ft guitar-shaped coffin last week.
After openers Don't Think Twice My Love and Bright Lit Blue Skies, the latter a cover of forgotten '60s outfit The Rockin' Ramrods, you'd have been forgiven for thinking APHG were some kind of garage-psyche rock band but as the set progressed the many layers of Pink's musical visions became more apparent.
Rosewood ramrods slip snugly into the engraved silver thimbles.
The highest-grade pistols -- stocked to the muzzle in curly red Maplewood with a violin red finish -- used sterling silver for the trigger guard, butt cap, ramrod thimble and nose cap.
Sharp chisels and bits gave crisp lines to the exterior; precise cuts to lock plates, barrel channel and mounts; and straight ramrod holes.
Each evening after shooting, the muzzleloader meticulously and repeatedly ramrods chemical-coated patches down his barrel, scrubbing and removing the corrosive residue until his white patches emerge without a sign of remaining powder.
Each evening after shooting, the muzzleloader hunter meticulously and repeatedly ramrods chemical-coated patches down the barrel, scrubbing and removing the corrosive powder.
A second shot requires jamming pre-measured grains of black powder or hardened cylinders of Pyrodex or Triple 7s down the barrel with your ramrod.