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End-irons

Two movable iron cheeks or plates, still used in cooking-stoves to enlarge or contract the grate at pleasure. The term explains itself, but must not be mistaken for andirons or “dogs.”

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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