iron horse


: locomotive sense 1
especially : a steam locomotive

Examples of iron horse in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web While the train chugs along throughout the spot, LL Cool J doesn’t appear until near the end, when the iron horse crashed into a living room filled with football fans. Brian Steinberg, Variety, 5 Feb. 2024 Droves of fans bolted through Grand Central Station in Midtown Manhattan to catch the iron horse that brought guests directly to the arena. Mark Elibert, Billboard, 3 Sep. 2019 Talk about an iron horse. John Cherwa, Los Angeles Times, 1 Nov. 2020 The big iron horse was about to rattle south. Globe Staff,, 21 Mar. 2020 Imagine the possibilities of a place featuring stories of the Native Americans who lived here, the history of stagecoach travel followed by the glamour of the era of the iron horse? Ernie Cowan, San Diego Union-Tribune, 8 Jan. 2023 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

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Word History

First Known Use

1840, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of iron horse was in 1840

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“Iron horse.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Apr. 2024.

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