from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A metallic socket or holder to receive a lamp or lantern, as on a railway-carriage.


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  • From time to time the distant discharge of cannon was heard, giving us the idea that some treachery was transacting in the remoter parts of the city, every discharge answered by a roar of -- 'Down with the King' -- 'Death to Marie Antoinette' -- 'The lamp-iron to all traitors.'

    Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine - Volume 54, No. 338, December 1843

  • It was usually attached to a lamp-iron, and was used by thrusting the link up it, when the light was to be put out.

    Recollections of Old Liverpool

  • Half way down that hideous thoroughfare he came upon a house, one of the few which still retain the old lamp-iron and extinguisher before their doors, and knocking, was admitted by a trim maid, with the smiling alacrity due to a frequent and favoured visitor, and by her conducted to the drawing-room, where sat a young lady engaged in a transparent pretence of being absorbed in a novel.

    Young Mr. Barter's Repentance From "Schwartz" by David Christie Murray

  • While a ballad-singer dolefully drawls out The Ladie's Fall, an infant in her arms joins its treble pipe in chorus with the screaming parrot, which is on a lamp-iron over her head.

    The Works of William Hogarth: In a Series of Engravings With Descriptions, and a Comment on Their Moral Tendency

  • This people refused to change their law in remote ages from respect to the infallibility of popes; and they will not now alter it from a pious implicit faith in the dogmatism of philosophers; though the former was armed with the anathema and crusade, and though the latter should act with the libel and the lamp-iron.

    Paras. 125-149

  • At any moment a troop of these might pass; and should they detect any one interfering with King Mob's handiwork, he would certainly dangle in a few minutes from that same handy lamp-iron.

    In Kings' Byways

  • As you go it seems to you that you see the gleam of a snowy plume and the shine of a straight rapier striking home through cuirass and doublet, whilst on the stones the dead body falls, and high above over the lamp-iron, where the torch is flaring, a casement uncloses, and a woman's voice murmurs, with a cruel little laugh, "Cosa fatta capo ha!"

    Wisdom, Wit, and Pathos of Ouida Selected from the Works of Ouida

  • They got upon the wall, the one to submit, and the other to hang him on the lamp-iron.

    The Gaming Table : Its Votaries and Victims : Vol. 2

  • "As if it was not a favour to be protected from the lamp-iron!"

    A Tale of Two Cities

  • Grim doors, with conspicuous scrolled hinges, having high up on each side of them a small window defended by iron bars, opened on a groined entrance-court, empty of everything but a massive lamp-iron suspended from the centre of the groin.



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