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  • n. Plural form of iron.
  • n. shackles
  • n. A lack of forward motion.
  • v. Third-person singular simple present indicative form of iron.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. metal shackles; for hands or legs


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  • The term irons comes from the great days of sail, when a battleship stuck in irons could not maneuver away from its foe and therefore was unable to escape attack.

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  • He saw the boat boys knocked about, and one of them put in irons for three days with nothing to eat for the crime of breaking a rowlock while pulling.


  • But when he attempted the passage, he was caught by a light gale and driven back to Santa Anna, where the trader clapped him in irons and held him against the return of the schooner from Santa Cruz.


  • The writers of your constitution would have slapped someone in irons in the town square over some comments now labelled freedom of speech.

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  • And now that we had Wolf Larsen in irons, how little did we need it!

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  • Larry could stand no more than an hour in irons, at which time his stupid brutishness overcame any fear he might have possessed, because he bellowed out to the poop to come down and loose him for a fair fight.


  • "I'll put the cook in irons," sputtered Harriwell.


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  • If the former, lets hope someone has the courage to emulate the Coastguards and clap Emperor José's Viceroy in irons the moment he aor she arrives.

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  • And while you're at it you can clap wine writers in irons for the same crimes against humanity.

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