Can you list some iron phrases?

The other day, my friend said my father is the iron chef. I thougt of the Iron Lady, and believed maybe he was suggesting that my father is a little bit tough, rigid or does not easily compromise. But I later got to know that Iron Chef is actually a TV programme. I then realised that I missed many opportunities in using this phrase to compromise other 'chefs'. It's so funny that iron can mean so different things. I'd like to ask are there any other good phrases containing 'iron'?

Jan 10, 2016 11:33 AM
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"The Iron Curtain." The phrase was coined by British premier Winston Churchill at the end of World War II. It meant the boundary in Europe between the Warsaw Pact countries to the East, mostly Communist and under the influence of the Soviet Union, and the NATO countries to the West, democracies friendly to the United States. In the U.S. the Warsaw Pact countries were said to be "behind the iron curtain." Sometimes they were referred to as "the Iron Curtain countries."

"A shooting iron"--a gun, probably a rifle.

"Pumping iron"--bodybuilding to develop the musculature

"Big iron"--a large, traditional mainframe computer, probably made by IBM

"In irons"--a sailboat turned at an angle such that the sail does not catch the wind but flaps uselessly, and the ship is not moving fast enough to steer and thus cannot turn to a better angle.

"Irons"--golf clubs, intermediate between "putters" and "woods."

January 10, 2016

I can see "iorn bladder" as I knew someone that has a hard time using public restrooms or bathrooms so they told me they held it in for like a 20 hour car ride so I would consider the use for that person. 

January 10, 2016

Not that I hear it a lot but I sometimes refer to "iorn imune system" where they don't get sick easily. Some get sick very easily and others don't.

January 10, 2016

Thank you David. Thank you SC. Sorry SC, I don't know what'd be a better way to call you. May I have your name?


David, I assume 'iron bladder' is not dirty, or is it? I hope it isn't, thoug bladder... does seem to be... Does it suggest someone who can hold their urine for long?


SC, Iron Rice Bowl is really Chinese. 鐵飯碗. I was suprised to find that out.

January 10, 2016

I love Iron Chef. :)


We have the phrases "to rule with an iron fist" (be a dictator), and "an iron fist in a velvet glove" (the nature of a benevolent dictator).


If you can eat anything, especially spicy food, you have "a cast-iron stomach". We also use "an iron bladder", but I'll let you work that one out. ;)

January 10, 2016
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