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Jun 26, 2020
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Words coined after metals

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golden calf
silver spoon
tinhorn
brass tacks
ironclad

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ironclad

PRONUNCIATION:
(EYE-uhrn-klad)

MEANING:
adjective:
1. Covered with iron.
2. Inflexible, unbreakable, or indisputable.

ETYMOLOGY:
From iron, from Old English iren + clad (clothed), from Old English clathod. Earliest documented use: 1752.

USAGE:
“In medieval England peasants were permitted to graze their sheep on the lands of the nobility. There were no restrictions on how much their livestock could feed, but there was one ironclad rule: the peasants were not allowed to collect their animals’ droppings.”
Agrichemicals; The Economist (London, UK); Feb 18, 2017.

See more usage examples of ironclad in Vocabulary.com’s dictionary.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
The sons of torture victims make good terrorists. -Andre Malraux, novelist, adventurer, art historian, and statesman (1901-1976) [Jun 26 is the International Day in Support of Victims of Torture https://www.un.org/en/observances/torture-victims-day]

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