ironbound

[ahy-ern-bound]
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adjective

bound with iron.
rock-bound; rugged.
hard; rigid; unyielding.

Origin of ironbound

Middle English word dating back to 1350–1400; see origin at iron, -bound1
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ironbound

adjective

bound with iron
unyielding; inflexible
(of a coast) rocky; rugged
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