- the implements used for tending a fireplace, as tongs and poker.
Origin of fire irons
1250–1300; Middle English fire-yren
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Examples from the Web for fire irons
“I believe you do,” said the Doctor, reaching toward the fire-irons.Dr. Sevier
George W. Cable
He was to slay his victim with one of the fire-irons on his hearth.The Red Hand of Ulster
George A. Birmingham
Then a clatter of fire-irons downstairs moved her to speech.Sailor's Knots (Entire Collection)
By fire-irons are understood a shovel, a poker, and pair of tongs.
The fire-grates, coal-scuttles, and fire-irons are all of the same metal.The Royal Observatory Greenwich
E. Walter (Edwared Walter) Maunder
- metal fireside implements, such as poker, shovel, and tongs
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