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

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Winter coats can be like iron maidens for kids with sensory issues. Washington Post, "My kids won’t wear coats no matter how cold it is. And it’s making me crazy.," 21 Dec. 2017

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First Known Use of iron maiden

1757, in the meaning defined above

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