- bound with iron.
- rock-bound; rugged.
- hard; rigid; unyielding.
Origin of ironbound
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Examples from the Web for ironbound
Ahmad smiled at Daoud and gestured again at the ironbound door.The Saracen: Land of the Infidel
Cleverness broke upon him like shipping on an ironbound coast.Certain Personal Matters
H. G. Wells
Beyond it an ironbound coast runs down four hundred miles southeast to Cape Horn.South America Observations and Impressions
There, in front of the ironbound box, knelt Pomponio, busily at work on the stout padlock that guarded the treasures within.Old Mission Stories of California
Charles Franklin Carter
A word dropped that I was returning there would bring me, by ironbound custom, an invitation to travel in their company.The Door Through Space
Marion Zimmer Bradley
- bound with iron
- unyielding; inflexible
- (of a coast) rocky; rugged