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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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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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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.
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.
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.
Instead, drop your ramrod down the empty barrel and mark the rod at the gun muzzle (I scribe it with my knife).
I double-checked my muzzleloader and discovered that my ramrod was missing.
Problem: Most ramrod holders aren't "holdy" enough.