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hydraulic ram

A type of water pump in which the natural flow of water is periodically redirected upward into a pipe and reservoir. A: "Why can't I get any water out of this thing?" B: "Hmm, maybe the hydraulic ram isn't working."
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milk the ram

To do or attempt something futile (as milking a male sheep would be). Studying for this class is like milking the ram—I'm just not going to get it.
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ram (something) down (one's) throat

1. To compel or physically force someone to swallow an object. I hate how doctors try to ram pills down your throat for even the tiniest of colds. The government has come under fire for ordering prison staff to ram food down the hunger strikers' throats.
2. To force, compel, or attempt to make someone accept, endure, consider, or agree with or to something. I hate going to my friend's house, because his husband's always ramming political rhetoric down my throat. Look, I'm just browsing around for a car, quit trying to ram one down my throat!
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ram (something) home

To make something extremely clear; to make someone understand or realize something, especially through forceful repetition. (Can also be constructed as "ram home (something).") Primarily heard in UK. John rams their financial difficulties home whenever his wife suggests they buy something new. She's need to ram home the fact that she was clear of all charges before the election began.
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ram (something) down

1. To force something down into or through something else. He tried ramming a stick down the pipe to clear the blockage, but it ended up getting stuck in there. Don't ram the plug into the socket like that—you could electrocute yourself! The government has come under fire for ordering prison staff to ram food down the hunger strikers' throats.
2. To cram or pack something down by pounding it forcefully. No matter how hard I ram these clothes down, I just can't get the suitcase to close shut. Don't ram the soil down like that, or the seed won't be able to sprout properly.
3. To force something to topple over by pounding into it. Police were forced to ram the suspect's door down after he refused to cooperate. We'll have to ram this part of the wall down with the bulldozer.
4. To force, compel, or attempt to make someone accept, endure, consider, or agree with or to something. Always followed by "(one's) throat." I hate going to my friend's house because his husband's always ramming political rhetoric down my throat. Look, I'm just browsing around for a car, quit trying to ram one down my throat!
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ram into someone or something

to crash into someone or something. Mary accidentally rammed into a fence as she rode along. The car rammed into the tree and was totally wrecked.
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ram something down

to pack something down by pounding, as with a ram. The worker used a pole to ram the earth down and pack it tight. The worker rammed down the earth.
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ram something into someone or something

 and ram something in
to pound something into someone or something. He rammed his fist into Bill's side and shouted something angry at him. He rammed in his fist.
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ram something through

1. to force something through something. He rammed his fist through the window, cutting himself in the process. Harry put the brick up to the window glass and rammed it through. Next time he would remember his key.
2. to force something through a deliberative body, usually not allowing due consideration. They rammed the bill through the city council. The President was unable to ram the measure through Congress.
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ram through something

to crash or pound through something. The car rammed through the back of the garage. I was afraid that the truck would ram through the fence.
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shove someone or something down someone's throat

 and ram someone or something down someone's throat; force someone or something down someone's throat 
1. Lit. to force someone to swallow something. The harsh nurse forced the medicine down the patient's throat. The zookeepers rammed the food down the python's throat.
2. Fig. to force someone to accept something. Don't try to force that car down my throat! I don't want it! You can't force that nonsense down my throat! I don't want any more insurance, and I don't want anyone to shove any insurance down my throat. Mary isn't invited to my party, and I don't wish for anyone to ram her down my throat!
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ram down someone's throat

Also, shove down someone's throat. Compel to accept or consider, as in That salesman tried to ram a life insurance policy down my throat, or She has a way of shoving her political views down your throat. These terms transfer forcing one to swallow something to forcing acceptance of an object or idea.
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ram something down someone's throat

COMMON If someone rams facts or opinions down your throat, they force you to listen to them and try to make you accept them. I can't understand why we're trying to ram Shakespeare down their throats when they haven't got a basic education in reading and writing. Note: Verbs such as shove, force, and cram are sometimes used instead of ram. You get religion shoved down your throat as soon as you're born in this place. I cannot force my beliefs down the throats of my staff.
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ram something ˈhome

(especially British English) force somebody to understand something important: The terrible injuries I saw in that accident really rammed home for me the importance of wearing seat belts.
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ram, force, thrust, etc. something down somebody’s ˈthroat

(informal) try to make somebody accept or believe an idea or belief by talking about it all the time: I’m tired of having her opinions rammed down my throat all the time!He was always forcing Marxist theories down our throats.
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ram down

1. To break something down by pounding with or as if with a ram: The attacking army rammed down the fortress wall using a huge log. The truck rammed the tree down.
2. To force the passage or acceptance of something into something: The plumber rammed the plunger down the pipe.
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ram something down someone’s throat

tv. to force something upon someone. (Not literal.) Don’t try to ram that nonsense down my throat.
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/shove down (someone's) throat Informal
To compel to accept or consider: always ramming his political opinions down my throat.
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In the event of any damage to or derangement of the apparatus, which from its protected situation and simple construction is not likely to occur, the cartridge and projectile may be lifted to the muzzle of the gun when depressed into the loading position by a davit freed to the front of the platform, and passed home into the gun by an ordinary hand rammer in the usual way, the men performing this operation being almost as perfectly protected (standing upon a banquette in front of the mounting, and on both sides when using "bell" ropes to pull the rammer) as they are while working the mechanical loading system.
The new XH670, XH730 and XH840 rammers expand the Stomper series to eight models.
Holly, Michigan, has introduced a new sand rammer, Disa/Dietert Model 315-A.
Three upright rammer models, the RX-264H, RX-304H and RX-344H, are also part of the range and are designed for efficient compaction of a wide range of soils from mixed and cohesive types to heavy clay in backfilling and narrow trench compaction applications.
This little five-shot revolver required the user to hand load by placing powder in each chamber from the front, then placing a round ball at the mouth of each chamber and seating it with either a separate rammer or one built into the under carriage of the barrel, then placing grease over the top of each ball to seal the chambers against chain fires, and then finally placing a cap over each nipple at the back of the cylinder.
The entire factory black powder percussion loading rammer assembly and base pin are removed, set aside, and replaced by the Belt Mountain pin.
Before he starts, though, make sure the cannon tube is elevated and depressed several times, the cab is traversed 360 degrees, and the rammer activated.
The sand rammer is the most fundamental piece of equipment in the foundry sand testing laboratory.
Rammer notes that nearly all of its hammers have internal grease channels and can be easily fitted with the automatic lubrication system; other hammers can be retrofitted using external connections, if desired.
Rammer has taken the guesswork out of selecting the best hammer for a specific application with its new RAMmer Breaker Optimiser (RAMBO) software program, which allows dealers to predict the performance of a particular hammer and carrier combination in a specific customer application.
MINNEAPOLIS -- LifeScience Alley announces that Liz Rammer has been promoted to the role of Executive Vice President.
The alteration consisted of fixing a breech plate complete with firing pin and rear sight to the frame, filling in the cap and ball model's rammer recess, and affixing an ejector rod and housing to the fight side of the barrel.
On recent projects in Colorado, Washington state and other locations in North America, SEDD crews have utilized various HDD assist techniques with pipe rammer systems from trenchless equipment manufacturer TT Technologies, Aurora, Ill.
The Tara mine in Ireland, Europe's largest zinc operation, has accelerated the clearance of stopes by using a Rammer hammer to break oversized material in the muckpile.