hoop iron

noun
iron in the form of thin strips for bonding masonry, holding barrels together, etc.

Origin:
1810–20

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Refiners had to pay high prices for barrels because hoop iron was high.
Philly armed him self with a heavy piece of hoop iron, and the two boys entered the vault, the youngest one carrying a lantern.
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