- noting a wooden hull, fastened with iron, in which chemical interaction between the iron and the wood has resulted in the decay of both; nail-sick.
Origin of iron-sick
First recorded in 1620–30
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That old ship of the faith was leaky and iron-sick, and down by the head and heel, as they say at sea.'Charge It'