iron man

noun

Definition of iron man 

: a man of unusual physical endurance

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And Kawauchi, the iron man of the roads who ran 12 marathons last year and won five, kept grinding away. John Powers, BostonGlobe.com, "In rain-swept Boston Marathon, Desiree Linden and Yuki Kawauchi pour it on," 16 Apr. 2018 So this week’s mailbag is dedicated to the real iron man in American history: the U.S. Postal Service! Stephen A. Crockett Jr., The Root, "The Root’s Clapback Mailbag: When the Cat’s Away, the Racists Still Stay ...," 1 June 2018 The Rangers believe that Beltre, though 39 and no longer an iron man, is a still a difference-maker. Jeff Wilson, star-telegram, "Rangers continue to talk trades, but are they getting anywhere?," 9 July 2018 In terms of fitness, Kurinsky is training for a half iron man triathlon and would like to see this bike ride grow. Sergio Carmona, Jewish Journal, "Rabbi's bike ride across Florida's east coast includes local stops," 29 June 2018 Some did Olympic distances and others did iron man distances. Brandon Patterson, Detroit Free Press, "Kids don't let disabilities stop them at U-M's first adaptive triathlon," 6 May 2018 Jordan has a reputation as an iron man for the Clippers, once playing in 360 consecutive games. Broderick Turner, latimes.com, "Clippers! DeAndre Jordan downplays his ankle injury," 29 Mar. 2018 Will Escobar, an iron man with a Gold Glove but an oft-leaden bat, be able to contribute anything substantial at the plate? Vahe Gregorian, kansascity, "Why not over-extending for Eric Hosmer will help the Royals now and later | The Kansas City Star," 22 Mar. 2018 But Thompson, who has played in 530 of 543 regular season games since entering the league in 2011 and all 81 of the Warriors’ playoff games since then, is an iron man in today’s NBA. Sam Amick, USA TODAY, "Warriors star Klay Thompson suffers fractured thumb, will be re-evaluated March 22," 14 Mar. 2018

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1846, in the meaning defined above

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