the iron entered into someone's soul
the iron enters (into) (someone's) soul
Someone succumbs to depression, bitterness, or despair from being imprisoned or treated poorly. After just a year of that horrible marriage, the iron entered into her soul, and she became embittered and disillusioned to the entire notion of romantic love. I could feel the iron entering my soul with each day that passed working for that horrible man.
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the iron entered into someone's soulsomeone became deeply and permanently affected by imprisonment or ill-treatment. literary
This expression comes from a phrase in the Latin Vulgate version of the Bible, ferrum pertransit animam ejus , a mistranslation of the Hebrew which literally translates as ‘his person entered into the iron’, meaning ‘he was placed in fetters’.
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