iron bound

ironbound

[ahy-ern-bound]
adjective
1.
bound with iron.
2.
rock-bound; rugged.
3.
hard; rigid; unyielding.

Origin:
1350–1400; Middle English; see iron, -bound1

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ironbound (ˈaɪənˌbaʊnd)
 
adj
1.  bound with iron
2.  unyielding; inflexible
3.  (of a coast) rocky; rugged

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