Definition of iron man in English:

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iron man

Pronunciation: /ˈʌɪənman/


1(Especially in sporting contexts) an exceptionally strong or robust man.
Example sentences
  • 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?
  • The guy is not glamorous, he really is very strong indeed, and a bit of an iron man when it comes to chess stamina.
  • 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.
1.1 (Ironman) [often as modifier] trademark A multi-event sporting contest demanding stamina, in particular a consecutive triathlon of swimming, cycling, and running.
Example sentences
  • One day she'd like to compete in the Olympics and even the Ironman, the most arduous triathlon in the world.
  • 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.
  • I won the Ironman and Austria Grand Prix, but finished second at both the Arnold Schwarzenegger Classic and San Francisco Grand Prix.

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