of steel

of steel

Exceptionally tough, resilient, or coldly unyielding. My mother had nerves of steel, and she never backed down from danger. He had a look of steel that would intimidate even the toughest negotiators.
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of ˈsteel

having a quality like steel, especially a strong, cold or hard quality: She felt a hand of steel (= a strong, firm hand) on her arm.There was a hint of steel in his voice (= he sounded cold and firm).
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First you wrap a layer or two of blanket around your body, for a sort of cushion and to keep off the cold iron; then you put on your sleeves and shirt of chain mail -- these are made of small steel links woven together, and they form a fabric so flexible that if you toss your shirt onto the floor, it slumps into a pile like a peck of wet fish-net; it is very heavy and is nearly the uncomfortablest material in the world for a night shirt, yet plenty used it for that -- tax collectors, and reformers, and one-horse kings with a defective title, and those sorts of people; then you put on your shoes -- flat-boats roofed over with interleaving bands of steel -- and screw your clumsy spurs into the heels.
A gallant sight was Robin so arrayed, I wot, the glint of steel showing here and there as the sunlight caught brightly the links of polished mail that showed beneath his green coat.
It was a man's face she saw, a face of steel, tense and immobile; a mouth of steel, the lips like the jaws of a trap; eyes of steel, dilated, intent, and the light in them and the glitter were the light and glitter of steel.
For defence each man wore a coat of interlaced leathern thongs, strengthened at the shoulder, elbow, and upper arm with slips of steel.
Where Jurgis worked there was a machine which cut and stamped a certain piece of steel about two square inches in size; the pieces came tumbling out upon a tray, and all that human hands had to do was to pile them in regular rows, and change the trays at intervals.
He heard the Highland battle-cry and the clash of steel on steel, for fighting came near his home, and his own people joined the standard of the Pretender.
Yonder Woodpecker has a bill of steel, and he can use it well," said the councillor to him who stood by him.
Anderson points out that if diesel engines grow in popularity for light vehicles, then the number of forged steel crankshafts will grow accordingly, as the higher compression ratios of that type of engine necessitates the use of steel cranks.
As the production of steel advanced in the mid-1800's, solid hot rolled steel window frames soon became available in Europe and North America.
William Jasper presents many good facts, but none of these justify the reenactment of steel tariffs
The current uses of steel castings show they can meet the needs of the construction industry.
Bush revoked a series of steel import tariffs which had threatened to unleash a damaging trade war between the US and both Japan and the EU.
With expertise that extends across virtually all legal disciplines, extensive experience in a broad array of industries and a well-integrated network of local offices, the Miami-based law firm of Steel Hector & Davis LLP has played a key role in helping global companies participate in some of Latin America's most significant business opportunities.