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Tamping iron


  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Tamping iron an iron rod for beating down the earthy substance in tamping for blasting.
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In literature:

Heaton reports a case in which, by an explosion, a tamping-iron was driven through the chin of a man into the cerebrum.
"Anomalies and Curiosities of Medicine" by George M. Gould
It nearly fitted; a good drive with the back of the tamping-iron would force it in.
"The Vicar's People" by George Manville Fenn

In news:

An accident with a tamping iron made Phineas Gage history's most famous brain-injury survivor.