Definition of iron horse in US English:

iron horse


  • 1A steam locomotive.

    • ‘They will be traveling by iron horse, sending a message to the many tribes that they are not stuffy, wealthy, and aristocratic New Englanders.’
    • ‘The West was really won not by blue-coated cavalrymen, but thanks to iron horses funded in the east by speculators.’
    • ‘But as the romance of steam shows, the symbolic power of the iron horse remains to this day as an emblem of a bygone masculine world.’
    • ‘More than one iron horse came to a sudden and explosive end because its crew were sinking pints nearby, forgetting all about the rising pressure gauge and the screwed-down safety valves.’
    • ‘The railroad in America was sometimes called the iron horse, but in Russia (as in America) it was a wood-based system.’
    • ‘No longer are the great iron horses seen pounding their way along the coast.’
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iron horse

/ˈˌī(ə)rn ˈhôrs/