iron horse


Definition of iron horse

: locomotive sense 1 especially : a steam locomotive

Examples of iron horse in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Oregon was in a competitive game and didn’t turn to its iron horse to end it early enough. James Crepea | The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive, 27 Sep. 2021 But statistics are a poor substitute for the thrill a railroad fan gets in watching an old iron horse under full steam flinging back its plume of smoke and splitting the air with its warning whistle. Wayne Whittaker, Popular Mechanics, 26 Aug. 2021 The sounds and the smells of a hurtling diesel in all its gleaming efficiency can never replace the colorful iron horse in the heart of a true steam-locomotive fan. Wayne Whittaker, Popular Mechanics, 26 Aug. 2021 Before the Oregon iron horse missed the first two games of his career. oregonlive, 13 Apr. 2021 Marcus Semien returned from a left side injury Tuesday, which is good news for Oakland, but — as with Chapman — for an iron horse like Semien to miss time, the problem was major. Susan Slusser,, 9 Sep. 2020 Big Boy 4014 served for 18 years, then became an iron horse show pony at the L.A. County Fairgrounds. Bharbi Hazarika, Los Angeles Times, 3 Oct. 2019 See More

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First Known Use of iron horse

1840, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of iron horse was in 1840

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“Iron horse.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Oct. 2022.

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