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iron man

a person, as a worker or athlete, of great physical endurance who can be depended upon to perform a given task or job tirelessly.
a machine that performs a job formerly done by hand; robot.
Slang. a dollar bill or a silver dollar.
Origin of iron man
First recorded in 1610-20


[rip-kuh n] /ˈrɪp kən/
Calvin Edward, Jr ("Cal"; "Iron Man") born 1960, U.S. baseball player. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • But the grip of his hand had been like the grip of an iron man.

    The Courage of Marge O'Doone James Oliver Curwood
  • Were he in the fire, melting to the iron man, the backbone of him, it would be different.

  • Mr Bradshaw—the great, strong, iron man—lay back in his chair in a swoon, a fit.

    Ruth Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell
  • "What an iron man you can be," she exclaimed, smothering her intuitions.

  • There would be little mercy for these three in the hands of this iron man from the eastern provinces.

    The Sky Line of Spruce Edison Marshall
British Dictionary definitions for iron man

iron man

noun (Austral)
an event at a surf carnival in which contestants compete at swimming, surfing, running, etc
a competitor at such an event
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Slang definitions & phrases for iron man

iron man

noun phrase

  1. A dollar: Two hundred iron men snatched out of his mitt (1908+)
  2. A very durable and tough man; tireless worker and player, esp in sports (1914+)
  3. A West Indian musician who plays an instrument made out of an oil drum (1960s+ Musicians)
The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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