iron-side

ironside

[ahy-ern-sahyd]
noun
1.
a strong person with great power of endurance or resistance.
2.
(initial capital letter) an epithet or nickname of Edmund II of England.
3.
(initial capital letter) . Usually, Ironsides.
a.
(used with a singular verb) a nickname of Oliver Cromwell.
b.
the soldiers serving under Cromwell.
4.
ironsides, (usually used with a singular verb)
a.
an ironclad.
b.
Eastern U.S. scup.

Origin:
1250–1300; Middle English; see iron, side1

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Edmund II

noun
("Ironside") a.d. c980–1016, English king 1016: defeated by Canute.
Also, Eadmund II.
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Edmund II
 
n
called Edmund Ironside. ?980--1016, king of England in 1016. His succession was contested by Canute and they divided the kingdom between them

Ironside (ˈaɪənˌsaɪd)
 
n
See Edmund II nickname of Edmund II of England

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Ironside
name given to a man of great hardihood or bravery, c.1300, first applied to Edmund II, king of England (d.1016), later also to Oliver Cromwell and his troops. Old Ironsides as a nickname of U.S.S. "Constitution" dates from that ship's defeat of H.M.S. "Guerriere" on Aug. 19, 1812, in the War of 1812.
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