One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1(especially in sporting contexts) an exceptionally strong or robust man.
muscleman, strongman, macho, macho man, hercules, atlas, samson, tarzanView synonyms
- ‘The iron men and women of Kerry proved their mettle at the weekend when they competed in a gruelling triathlon to raise funds for a worthy cause.’
- ‘The guy is not glamorous, he really is very strong indeed, and a bit of an iron man when it comes to chess stamina.’
- ‘Even Ripken, baseball's iron man, has reached twilight.’
- ‘It was not a game for amateurs, but for iron men and battered, thick-hulled workboats, if at all.’
- ‘A Swindon iron man forced to postpone a mammoth 100-mile charity run last year has vowed to give it another shot.’
- ‘The Great River Swim starts at 1.10 pm when iron men and women challenge each other to race to Chiswick Eyot and back.’
- ‘A new gauntlet has been slapped down to test the mettle of the iron men and women of South Lakeland and the UK.’
- ‘Wood emerged as an iron man who could not be stopped by lack of food, extremes of heat and cold, or even a spider bite that left his leg badly infected.’
- ‘But once the recruits become used to the pace of training, Staff Sergeant Wilborn relaxes a bit, becoming more like a coach and less like an iron man.’
- ‘Bishop, who pitched for the Steinbach Steelers at the 1977 Fastball Nationals in Hull, Quebec, is the iron man of Canadian softball.’
- ‘Point guard Aaron Miles will need to be an iron man at the point, since new coach Bill Self doesn't have another dependable option there.’
- ‘Injuries always are unpredictable and this year they have hit iron men Eddie, Emmitt and James.’
- ‘With daring and flair, he defies the myth of Sherpas as silent types - the all-but-invisible iron men who've been saving Western mountaineers in the Death Zone for decades.’
- ‘He is regarded as Australia's hottest iron man and surf swimming talent.’
- ‘He has developed into an iron man of sorts and compensated for any shortcomings through hard work and a drive to validate the team's decision to sign him after he went undrafted in 1999.’
- ‘It is not beyond the bounds of reasonable possibility to suggest that the Ballymac iron man could add another notch or two to that belt in the years ahead.’
- ‘What was the iron man of baseball doing in Kannapolis, N.C., of all places, retiring a No.3 jersey in honor of the late Dale Earnhardt?’
- ‘We drank one each, then a second, and, as I made my excuses and left, this iron man was calling for a third pint.’
- ‘There is something reminiscent of Thomas Muster in Nadal's game, and facing the Austrian iron man was like facing a relentless barrage.’
- ‘And though he was an iron man, even he needed time for rejuvenation.’
- 1.1trademark often as modifier A multi-event sporting contest demanding stamina, in particular a consecutive triathlon of swimming, cycling, and running.
- ‘I won the Ironman and Austria Grand Prix, but finished second at both the Arnold Schwarzenegger Classic and San Francisco Grand Prix.’
- ‘Among elite athletes who endure the intense swim-bike-run race called the Ironman, those leading the pack have a different mind-set than stragglers.’
- ‘Even if she skips the Ironman this year, Ratkovic plans to conquer the race soon, and she won't go without the intention of winning.’
- ‘One day she'd like to compete in the Olympics and even the Ironman, the most arduous triathlon in the world.’
- ‘The race's everyman appeal could make it the next Ironman, and that level of success would be just fine.’
iron man/ˈī(ə)rn man/
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