from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A fetter for the leg. Dickens, Great Expectations, xvi.
  • n. In car-building, a wrought-iron forging attached to the sole-bar, and supporting the foot-boards.


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  • He told Kim the story of the elephant with the leg-iron, as he had told it so often to the Jam priests.


  • It hurt, it burned like a red-hot leg-iron, and he screamed.

    Ship Of Magic

  • Nofemela, dressed in a blue and white tracksuit and wearing leg-iron belts, was brought to the court from the Pretoria Central

    ANC Daily News Briefing

  • Deaf wants you and me because we got these leg-iron scars on our ankles.


  • But the strange transport got safely over, and Clisby, shaking out that bronco into a long gallop, found his man in the home of a settler, engaged in filing off the leg-iron in order to be able to get away more swiftly.

    Policing the Plains Being the Real-Life Record of the Famous North-West Mounted Police

  • See, Sahib, where Pudmini's leg-iron cut the bark of that tree!

    The Jungle Book.

  • Once they started and put their ears forward when they heard the chinking of a leg-iron in the forest, but it was Pudmini, Petersen Sahib's pet elephant, her chain snapped short off, grunting, snuffling up the hillside.

    The Jungle Book.

  • Barry standing over him; the Greek had been dragged up into a sitting posture, and placed with his back against a cabin door, whilst Barradas proceeded to handcuff and leg-iron him.

    Edward Barry South Sea Pearler

  • But when Old Orlick come for to hear that your uncle Provis had mostlike wore the leg-iron wot Old Orlick had picked up, filed asunder, on these meshes ever so many year ago, and wot he kep by him till he dropped your sister with it, like a bullock, as he means to drop you - hey?

    Great Expectations

  • And on the ground beside her, when Joe picked her up, was a convict's leg-iron which had been filed asunder.

    Great Expectations


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