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fire irons

plural noun
the implements used for tending a fireplace, as tongs and poker.
Origin of fire irons
1250-1300; Middle English fire-yren Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Does he throw the fire irons down anywhere after using them?

    How to Become an Engineer Frank W. Doughty
  • "I fell down the steps," he replied, picking himself up from among the fire irons that had tumbled in a heap on the hearth.

    The Spectacle Man Mary F. Leonard
  • As a rule one will, on a light trip, carry no folding grate or fire irons as supports for utensils.

    Touring Afoot Claude Powell Fordyce
  • Maurice walked over to the fireplace and kicked two charred pieces of wood together between the fire irons.

    The Vehement Flame Margaret Wade Campbell Deland
  • A slab of common free-stone and fire irons which had cost from three to four shillings were thought sufficient for any fireplace.

  • They hurried out into the corridor, and started down it, armed with the fire irons.

    Andy at Yale Roy Eliot Stokes
British Dictionary definitions for fire irons

fire irons

plural noun
metal fireside implements, such as poker, shovel, and tongs
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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