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iron rations

plural noun
1.
emergency food supplies, esp for military personnel in action See also C rations, K ration, MRE
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  • They had their iron rations with them, and lived on these until they were gone.

  • I knew that the attack was almost due, so I prepared for it and took my iron rations with me.

    The Great War As I Saw It Frederick George Scott
  • I saw many poor chaps drinking from the muddy shell-holes, and they lived for several days on much-reduced "iron rations."

    Fighting the Boche Underground

    Harry Davis Trounce
  • A supply of iron rations was also furnished each car from the supply car of the special.

    The Delta of the Triple Elevens William Elmer Bachman
  • Instead of a camera he found a device for distilling fresh water from salt, some iron rations, and a small bottle of vitamin B1.

  • All troops will land with two iron rations (one day's meat only in case of troops disembarking at Anzac).

  • The iron rations depended upon by all exploring services did not have the satisfying taste of real food.

    Star Hunter Andre Alice Norton
  • These boys for several days had been dependent upon their 'iron rations.'

    With the Doughboy in France

    Edward Hungerford
  • He was dirty and unshaven inside the unit, sick of iron rations pushed through the airlock, stiff and sore with exertion.

    Duel on Syrtis Poul William Anderson
  • A mouthful of iron rations, a drop of tepid water from my flask, which water has a pronounced taste of tin.

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