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climbing iron

one of a pair of spiked iron frames, strapped to the shoe, leg, or knee, to help in climbing trees, telephone poles, etc.
Also called climbing spur, spur.
Origin of climbing iron
1855-60 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Ill borrow Moores climbing irons, and after laboratory work Ill have a try at it.

    For the Honor of the School Ralph Henry Barbour
  • Bickerton improvized a pair of climbing irons, and, after some preliminary practice, ascended in fine style.

    The Home of the Blizzard Douglas Mawson
  • If no nails are worn, climbing irons can be carried to strap on to the boot for walking on icy places.

    How To Ski and How Not To Vivian Caulfeild
  • After that Ill use the climbing irons as far as I can, and then shin the rest of the way.

    For the Honor of the School Ralph Henry Barbour
  • Some of the climbing irons used are shown within the castle.

    From John O'Groats to Land's End Robert Naylor and John Naylor
  • It was easy going, save for the wind and the fact that the climbing irons interfered when he laid his feet on the rests.

    For the Honor of the School Ralph Henry Barbour
British Dictionary definitions for climbing irons

climbing irons

plural noun
spiked steel frames worn on the feet to assist in climbing trees, ice slopes, etc
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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