One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Bound with iron.‘a massive ironbound chest’
- ‘Locked iron-bound chests labelled with Sathe script were everywhere.’
- ‘In one corner was a disarrayed mess of blankets that I guessed served as a bed, an iron-bound chest similar to Mai's tucked into a corner.’
- ‘At the foot of the bed a patch of darkness resolved into a heavy, iron-bound chest.’
- 1.1 Rigorous or inflexible.‘ironbound rules’
- ‘Ammons, like Kerouac, seems to have "gotten sick and tired of the conventional English sentence which seemed to me so iron-bound in its rules."’
- ‘Of all rules of public law it is the one which does most to prevent the whole of the civilised world being brought under an iron-bound theory of government.’
- 1.2archaic (of a coast) faced or enclosed with rocks.
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