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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."
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.
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!
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.
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!
ram into (someone or something)
1. To collide with someone or something, especially with a very sudden and forceful impact. Another driver ignored a red light and rammed into us in the middle of the intersection. He didn't see the dining room table and rammed right into it.
2. To cause something to collide with someone or something, especially with a great and sudden force. In this usage, a noun or pronoun is used between "ram" and "into." The toddler rammed the shopping cart into the man's thigh. The criminal rammed his car into the truck carrying the bank deposits.
3. To force something to penetrate or become lodged in something. In this usage, a noun or pronoun is used between "ram" and "into." He rammed a metal rod into the computer terminal in a fit of blind rage. The serial killer rammed the knife into the back of his latest victim.
To force something to penetrate or become lodged in something. A noun or pronoun can be used between "ram" and "in." He rammed a metal rod in the computer terminal in a fit of blind rage. The serial killer grabbed his victim's head and rammed in a knife.
1. To crash through something. The attackers rammed through the gates of the castle with a statue they had torn down in the courtyard. The driver lost control of his car and rammed through the wall of a building.
2. To force something to penetrate through something. In this usage, a noun or pronoun is used between "ram" and "through." He rammed a metal rod in the computer terminal in a fit of blind rage. The serial killer rammed the knife in the back of his latest victim.
3. To crash something into and through something else. In this usage, a noun or pronoun is used between "ram" and "through." He rammed a metal rod in the computer terminal in a fit of blind rage. The serial killer rammed the knife in the back of his latest victim.
4. To force something to pass through some decision-making process or group, especially faster than is typical or proper. In this usage, a noun or pronoun is used between "ram" and "through." They're trying to ram the legislation through Congress before the midterm elections. You can't just ram this application through the committee, Tom. We need time to look over it in detail.
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.
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.
ram something into someone or somethingand 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.
ram something through(something)
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.
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.
shove someone or something down someone's throatand 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!
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.
ram something down someone's throatINFORMAL
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.
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.
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.
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.
ram something down someone’s throat
tv. to force something upon someone. (Not literal.) Don’t try to ram that nonsense down my throat.
ram/shove down (someone's) throat Informal
To compel to accept or consider: always ramming his political opinions down my throat.