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plow steel

steel that contains 0.5 to 0.95 percent carbon.
Origin of plow steel
perhaps from the quality of the strong wire rope made from it, used to attach a plow to a steam engine Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • One day he appeared at a blacksmith shop in Omaha, and ordered a big wagon box made of plow steel, which he paid for in advance.

    Thirty Years on the Frontier Robert McReynolds

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