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branding iron

a long-handled metal rod with a stamp at one end, used for branding livestock, especially cattle, with a registered or recognized symbol or character to indicate ownership.
Also called brand.
Origin of branding iron
late Middle English
1400-50; late Middle English Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • It seared Georg like a branding-iron on the flesh of his arm as it swung past.

    Tarrano the Conqueror Raymond King Cummings
  • Some runaway slave is sure to kill him, and so escape the cross or the branding-iron.

    Darkness and Dawn Frederic W. Farrar
  • Ideas are hurled like rocks, a word blisters like a branding-iron, a metaphor transfixes like a javelin.

    Fresh Fields John Burroughs
  • Then his eyes came back to the branding-iron 220 on the bed.

    The One-Way Trail Ridgwell Cullum
  • There were no fences in the West that I knew, and their place was taken by the cowboy and the branding-iron.

    Theodore Roosevelt Theodore Roosevelt
  • Say a six-year-old steer don't know more about a branding-iron than does Verner Lablache about his business.

  • Municipal officers were appointed, and a branding-iron for marking those natives who were taken and reduced to slavery.

  • Heine had a light hand with the branding-iron, and marked his subjects not more neatly than indelibly.

    Views and Reviews William Ernest Henley
  • As the man fell to the ground, just outside the door, the branding-iron slipped from his hand.

  • So with any yearlings or older stock that have escaped the branding-iron in former seasons.

    Cruisings in the Cascades George O. Shields

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