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iron horse

noun, Older Use.
1.
a locomotive.
Origin of iron horse
1825-1835
1825-35
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  • The latent power of the iron horse could have shot it forth like an arrow from a bow, or have blown the whole station to atoms.

    The Iron Horse R.M. Ballantyne
  • The iron horse and steel rail are great promoters of civilization.

    Aztec Land Maturin M. Ballou
  • The advent of the iron horse had opened up new and hitherto undreamed of possibilities.

  • The iron horse was now at last about to assume its right position.

    The Iron Horse R.M. Ballantyne
  • When the iron horse was first made, men were naturally in haste to ascertain his power and paces.

    The Iron Horse R.M. Ballantyne
  • The cost of this iron horse with its tender was about 3000 pounds.

    The Iron Horse R.M. Ballantyne
  • The fire in the furnace was burning low; there was little or no steam; the iron horse was spent and lame.

    Chasing an Iron Horse Edward Robins
  • New ideas and new habits must follow in the track of the iron horse.

British Dictionary definitions for iron horse

iron horse

noun
1.
(archaic) a steam-driven railway locomotive
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Slang definitions & phrases for iron horse

iron horse

noun phrase

  1. A railroad engine: It seems he does have an affinity for the iron horse (mid-1800s+)
  2. A military tank (WWII Army)
The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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