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Battering Ram

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Originally a long wooden thing (ie a tree without branches) used by medieval types (who wanted to get into someone else's castle) to knock down the front door when the people outside (besiegers) couldn't be arsed going over, through or under the walls.

In more modern times small metal ones are used by the local polis to hammer in the doors of suspected terrorists/drug dealers/illegal immigrants before they can do anything like blow themselves up, flush the drugs or retain the services of Cherie Blair.

Spam Police wanting to look harder than most attach their battering rams to the front of armoured cars so they can kick in entire walls.