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iron horse

noun, Older Use.
a locomotive.
Origin of iron horse
First recorded in 1825-35 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • The iron horse and steel rail are great promoters of civilization.

    Aztec Land Maturin M. Ballou
  • Nearly every one prophesied that the "iron horse" would be a failure.

  • But the progenitors of the iron horse were, like their Herculean child, men of mettle.

    The Iron Horse R.M. Ballantyne
  • The iron horse was now at last about to assume its right position.

    The Iron Horse R.M. Ballantyne
  • The cost of this iron horse with its tender was about 3000 pounds.

    The Iron Horse R.M. Ballantyne
  • New ideas and new habits must follow in the track of the iron horse.

  • The club he carries has grown, too, and he clubs the iron horse.

    Little Jeanne of France Madeline Brandeis
  • Tolsa, the celebrated artist of the "iron horse," taught here.

    Diplomatic Days Edith O'Shaughnessy
British Dictionary definitions for iron horse

iron horse

(archaic) a steam-driven railway locomotive
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Slang definitions & phrases for iron horse

iron horse

noun phrase

  1. A railroad engine: It seems he does have an affinity for the iron horse (mid-1800s+)
  2. A military tank (WWII Army)
The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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