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cramp iron

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noun
  1. a piece of iron with bent ends for holding together building stones or the like.
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Origin of cramp iron

First recorded in 1555–65
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Historical Examples

  • Over each cell a cramp-iron was fixed, wherewith to lock-up the prisoners like ferocious dogs.

    The Contemporary Review, Volume 36, September 1879

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