iron maiden

noun

Definition of iron maiden

: a supposed medieval torture device consisting of a hollow iron statue or coffin in the shape of a woman that is lined with spikes which impale the enclosed victim

Examples of iron maiden in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Winter coats can be like iron maidens for kids with sensory issues. Washington Post, 21 Dec. 2017

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First Known Use of iron maiden

1757, in the meaning defined above

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“Iron maiden.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/iron%20maiden. Accessed 24 Jan. 2022.

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