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be as stiff as a ramrod

To have very erect posture. I've never seen Olivia slouch—she's always as stiff as a ramrod.
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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.
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(as) straight as a ramrod

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

Very straight, rigid, or inflexible. Used to describe someone's physical posture or demeanor. The whole class sat in their chairs as stiff as ramrods during the principal's lecture. He stood as stiff as a ramrod after his name was called, too nervous to move.
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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.
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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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Len Beddow, guitarist with The Ramrods, recalled: "I remember seeing him perform on Sunday Night at the London Palladium.
A second shot requires jamming pre-measured grains of black powder or hardened cylinders of Pyrodex or Triple 7's down the barrel with your ramrod, which is always attached to your barrel.
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.
With a silversmith's eye, Brooks cut and shaped thick sterling-silver sheets into trigger guards, butt caps, nose caps, ramrod thimbles and decorative inlays, making two of each part.
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.
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.
Circumstance 5--Slippery Ramrods: I spent the entire day still-hunting through the woods before stopping for a late-afternoon snack break.
Instead, drop your ramrod down the empty barrel and mark the rod at the gun muzzle (I scribe it with my knife).
There's Riders In The Sky from The Ramrods, More Than I Can Say by Bobby Vee, Timi Yuro's Hurt and Bobby Darin's You Must Have Been A Beautiful Baby.
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. You next need to place your bullet down the barrel, forcing it all the way down with your ramrod.
While on the subject of loading, it's worth noting that the wooden ramrods that come with most small-bore, traditional muzzleloaders are suitable for little more than chasing your wife's cat out from under the sofa.
On that selfsame ramrod, mark it clearly when you select your optimum working load and have inserted a fresh dose into a clean barrel.