ramrod straight

ramrod straight

Having a very erect posture, typically accompanied by a serious or formal demeanor. He sat ramrod straight at the table, glowering at me throughout the meal. She's always ramrod straight during class, studiously taking notes.
See also: ramrod, straight

ˌramrod ˈstraight

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(as) ˌstraight as a ˈramrod

(of a person) with a very straight back and looking serious and formal: As she walked in she could feel the tension in the room, with her mother sitting ramrod straight in her chair.
A ramrod is a long straight piece of iron used in the past to push explosive into a gun.
See also: ramrod, straight
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Even during rare events put on for their entertainment, prisoners are only allowed to sit ramrod straight with their hands on their laps.
Not a twitch, ramrod straight, face covered in camo, eyes darting--nothing escapes those eyes.
Denise, who up until then had been listening in quiet sympathy, sat up ramrod straight and didn't miss a beat.
The other extreme, a ramrod straight back, says "fight or flight.
When he was in his 70s, with a big white beard and ramrod straight back, he walked up to Wessenden Head twice a day.
Armed police in black and army personnel, ramrod straight in combat fatigues, bullet-proof vests and helmets, blocked the crossroads ahead, staring back blankly at the demonstrators.
Musharraf stood ramrod straight and replied "Not guilty" to each charge.
Sinclair stood ramrod straight before a judge Thursday and pleaded guilty to three charges that could send him to prison for up to 15 years.
Custodio arrived at practice one summer morning with that familiar military look and demeanor: crew cut, ramrod straight body and a confident walk.
The 87-year-old, who still stands ramrod straight, keeps his medal in a safe, although it is slowly disintegrating.
When Paddy asked him if there was anything he could do for him the German asked for one last cigarette, thanked him, smoked it, inhaling rather deeply, then said goodbye and went off and got shot ramrod straight.
Veterans, some well into their seventies, stood ramrod straight bearing standards as the local population lined the street opposite St John's Church in dignified silence and the congregation sang The Old Rugged Cross.
Veterans, some well into their 70s, stood ramrod straight bearing standards as the local population lined the street opposite St John''s Church in dignified silence and the congregation sang The Old Rugged Cross.
Her characterizations were supported by an intense physicality, as she bounced across the floor in a froglike squat as six-year old Edith Ann, hunched over for Trudy the bag lady, or stood ramrod straight as Mrs.
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