climbing-irons love

Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Iron frames to which spikes are affixed, which are fastened to the feet or to the legs below the knee, and used in climbing trees, telegraph-poles, etc. Also called climbers and creepers.

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Examples

  • Kearton explains their technique for those folks who are dying to try it out in their backyard: ...my brother puts on a pair of climbing-irons, and ascends with his camera slung upon his back...

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  • Kearton explains their technique for those folks who are dying to try it out in their backyard: ...my brother puts on a pair of climbing-irons, and ascends with his camera slung upon his back...

    How to be a better wildlife photographer

  • Over the door were a row of hat-pegs, and on each side bookcases with cupboards at the bottom, shelves and cupboards being filled indiscriminately with school-books, a cup or two, a mouse-trap and candlesticks, leather straps, a fustian bag, and some curious-looking articles which puzzled Tom not a little, until his friend explained that they were climbing-irons, and showed their use.

    Tom Brown's Schooldays

  • After dinner the Madman is busy with the preparations for their expedition, fitting new straps on to his climbing-irons, filling large pill-boxes with cotton-wool, and sharpening East's small axe.

    Tom Brown's Schooldays

  • Martin did not deign to reply to this sally, except by a grunt, as he buckled the last buckle of his climbing-irons, and Arthur looked reproachfully at East without speaking.

    Tom Brown's Schooldays

  • He has taken the leadership already, and strides away in front with his climbing-irons strapped under one arm, his pecking-bag under the other, and his pockets and hat full of pill-boxes, cotton-wool, and other etceteras.

    Tom Brown's Schooldays

  • He saw that Martin and Tom were busy with the climbing-irons, and couldn't resist the temptation of hoaxing.

    Tom Brown's Schooldays

  • By means of climbing-irons and a rope that passed around the tree and around my body, I slowly ascended, nailing cleats for support as I advanced.

    The Bird Study Book

  • He was buckling climbing-irons on to his legs while he spoke, and with the aid of these he rapidly mounted the elm tree to where the boughs forked, put his hand into a hollow, and drew out a wooden box, which he brought down with him.

    Monitress Merle

  • May, so that, dog-tired in every limb, I had much ado to drag myself to bed up the garret stairs after Mrs. Trapp had rubbed my ankles with goose-fat where the climbing-irons galled them.

    The Adventures of Harry Revel

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