iron cage


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Noun1.iron cage - a cage from which there is no escapeiron cage - a cage from which there is no escape
cage - something that restricts freedom as a cage restricts movement
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Fouquet; monsieur, who has caused the iron cage to be constructed for his patron of yesterday - has sent M.
Fouquet, sire," replied D'Artagnan, "is in the iron cage that M.
THE orang-outang in the big iron cage lashed to the sheep-pen began the discussion.
Fastened by chains to the mainmast were a number of grisly staghounds, who now began leaping and barking at me, and by the mizzen a huge puma was cramped in a little iron cage far too small even to give it turning room.
IF YOU HAVE lived in cities and have walked in the park on a summer afternoon, you have perhaps seen, blinking in a corner of his iron cage, a huge, grotesque kind of monkey, a creature with ugly, sag- ging, hairless skin below his eyes and a bright pur- ple underbody.
There I see him, high up, behind the bars of a lofty iron cage, bloody and dusty as last night, looking through.
"But do you see, Professor," replied our irascible companion, "that we shall absolutely die of hunger in this iron cage?"
"For having set in the Hôtel des Tournelles six panes of white glass in the place where the iron cage is, thirteen sols; for having made and delivered by command of the king, on the day of the musters, four shields with the escutcheons of the said seigneur, encircled with garlands of roses all about, six livres; for two new sleeves to the king's old doublet, twenty sols; for a box of grease to grease the boots of the king, fifteen deniers; a stable newly made to lodge the king's black pigs, thirty livres parisis; many partitions, planks, and trap-doors, for the safekeeping of the lions at Saint-Paul, twenty-two livres."
I have been shivering in an iron cage for fourteen years.
She traversed her chamber with the excitement of a furious maniac or of a tigress shut up in an iron cage. CERTES, if the knife had been left in her power, she would now have thought, not of killing herself, but of killing the baron.
Most of our readers will remember, that, until within a very few years past, there was a kind of iron cage in the wall of the Fleet Prison, within which was posted some man of hungry looks, who, from time to time, rattled a money-box, and exclaimed in a mournful voice, 'Pray, remember the poor debtors; pray remember the poor debtors.' The receipts of this box, when there were any, were divided among the poor prisoners; and the men on the poor side relieved each other in this degrading office.
They did not have to build the iron cage elevator as I described, so that was an amazing impressive set and I gather they have kept that and it is still a tourist attraction."