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Blacksmith keeping irons in a fire to heat them until they were malleable. Keeping multiple irons in the fire was difficult because then the blacksmith would have to monitor the condition of all of the irons.

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An alternative explanation for the origin of 'irons in the fire' relates to the battlefield surgeon, from at least medieval times, who kept a fire going with a number of different cauterising irons in it at all times. The irons were used to cauterise wounds and stop people bleeding to death. A surgeon with many irons in the fire was prepared to treat any size or shape of wound.


Currently, I have several irons in the fire.


"Irons in the fire" refers to the Old West practice of branding -- you kept the branding irons hot by sticking one end into the fire. If you have too many irons in the fire, you've got too many things going on at once.


Ferrum, which is latin.


The original irons were hung on hooks above the fire in the fireplace. Such irons date back to the Middle Ages, before then other method were used to do the same thing. BTW, this is where the phrase about "having many irons in the fire" comes from.


Having other ( or many ) irons in the fire means having alternative plans of action. Usually said when one plan is threatened with failure or frustration.


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Traditionally, irons were made of iron. They were heated by a fire and then applied to clothes. Today, irons are usually made of other metals.


Traditionally, irons were made of iron. They were heated by a fire and then applied to clothes. Today, irons are usually made of other metals.


it means to be engaged in too many acticities.


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You would find a 2,3 and 4 iron are classed as long irons, 5,6 and 7 mid irons, 8,9 and wedge short irons.


A hundred years ago irons were made of solid metal. They were set to warm (usually on an open fire) and then used to press clothes. Electric irons first appeared early in the Twentieth Century, and didn't become commonplace in working-class households until the 1940's. But once electric irons were widespread, electric steam irons became a possibility (steam irons became commonplace during the 1960's). Ironing is much easier these days.


Curling irons, straightening irons, and crimpers are some. You can also use real irons, but people only did that before straightening irons were invented.



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