from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Old iron, as cuttings of plates and other miscellaneous fragments, accumulated for reworking.


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  • I had a splendid constitution, a stomach that would digest scrap-iron, and

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  • In London, Maroussia tried to start a literary career, meeting HG Wells, before finally following her husband to Northern Ireland where he set up a scrap-iron merchants, while she, writing ambitions on hold, taught ballet.

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  • 'I'll hold you responsible, Captain Munster,' says he to me, mad enough to eat scrap-iron.

    Chapter 18

  • When it comes down to hard - pan, I can digest scrap-iron.

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  • I saw scrap-iron hutments and tiled rooftops the color of autumn leaves, and smoky blue hillsides creased by waterfalls and half-eaten by gray monsoon clouds.

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  • One such hire was Mr. Cayne, a former scrap-iron salesman who joined the firm in 1969 and eventually became one of its top brokers to wealthy individual clients.

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  • A glib and gruff former scrap-iron salesman from Chicago with a penchant for cigars, golf and cards, Mr. Cayne had often taken off Thursday afternoons and Fridays that summer to play golf near his New Jersey vacation home.

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  • Over the years, Mr. Cayne, a onetime scrap-iron salesman who joined the firm in 1969, amassed millions of shares in the company.

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  • Another threw a scrap-iron fit two laps before the finish.

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  • A onetime scrap-iron salesman, he joined Bear in 1969 and rose quickly in the brokerage division, catering to wealthy individuals.

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