ironclad contract

When it originated, this phrase  was meant literally. An ironclad battleship was covered in iron and, when first built, was probably impervious to attack. Similarly, an ‘ironclad’ contract is unbreakable. An ‘ironclad’ promise can be believed wholeheartedly. Should you be arrested on ‘ironclad’ charges, the iron gates of prison will clang shut behind you.

But give this some thought: though bullets may not penetrate an ironclad ship, rust will. Iron may not be breakable, but a combination of air and water will disintegrate it, molecule by molecule. So what does this do to an ironclad contract?

  One thought on “ironclad contract

  1. Charlotte Cronin
    October 18, 2015 at 2:36 pm

    I used the term’ the whole nine yards’ the other day and a friend told me what it meant. Something I had never heard of. What would be your assessment of that term?



    • October 18, 2015 at 5:01 pm

      I did an article on that phrase more than a year ago, in 2014. I’ll post it tomorrow.


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