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Iron Cross

a German medal awarded for outstanding bravery or service during wartime.
(lowercase) Gymnastics. an upright, crosslike position held between the rings, with the arms fully extended laterally and the legs held together and pointed downward.
Origin of Iron Cross
1870-75 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Because of your poverty you shall have your choice between taking the Iron Cross or a hundred marks.

    Anecdotes of the Great War Carleton Britton Case
  • The black of the Kaiser's Iron Cross, the red of the Empire's fall!

    Golden Stars Henry Van Dyke
  • At one end was a tangle of briar, and here were some old graves, each with a tinsel wreath or two on the Iron Cross.

  • Had he but known who I was he could have earned an Iron Cross!

    Outwitting the Hun Pat O'Brien
  • The Hun biplane—I observed the Iron Cross—dived straight for the ground and recovered itself.

    The Three Eyes Maurice Leblanc
  • It was the reddish glow of the Iron Cross held by old Louis.

  • “Ira Le Geyt,” the youth repeated, and at the same moment he drew from the bosom of his coat the Iron Cross.

  • He stole the vessels because they were valuable, and the Iron Cross because he was an infidel!

British Dictionary definitions for Iron Cross

Iron Cross

the highest decoration for bravery awarded to the German armed forces in wartime: instituted in 1813
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for Iron Cross

from German das eiserne kreuz, instituted by Frederick Wilhelm III of Prussia, originally for distinguished military service in the wars against Napoleon.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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