Definition of iron maiden in English:

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iron maiden


(In historical contexts) an instrument of torture consisting of a coffin-shaped box lined with iron spikes.
Example sentences
  • They had an iron maiden, a rack, and men and woman's chastity belts.
  • I always thought torture was bamboo shoots under the fingernails and iron maidens and such.
  • She enticed local girls to her castle, where she hung them in metal cages and stuffed them into iron maidens.

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Syllabification: i·ron maid·en

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