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mill·stone

 (mĭl′stōn′)
n.
1. One of a pair of cylindrical stones used in a mill for grinding grain.
2.
a. A source of worry or distress: a responsibility that became a millstone.
b. An obstacle to success. See Synonyms at burden.

millstone

(ˈmɪlˌstəʊn)
n
1. (Tools) one of a pair of heavy flat disc-shaped stones that are rotated one against the other to grind grain
2. a heavy burden, such as a responsibility or obligation: his debts were a millstone round his neck.

mill•stone

(ˈmɪlˌstoʊn)

n.
1. either of a pair of circular stones between which grain or another substance is ground, as in a mill.
2. anything that grinds or crushes.
3. any heavy mental or emotional burden: a millstone around one's neck.
[before 1050]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.millstone - (figurative) something that hinders or handicaps; "she was an albatross around his neck"
deterrent, hinderance, hindrance, impediment, balk, baulk, handicap, check - something immaterial that interferes with or delays action or progress
2.millstone - any load that is difficult to carrymillstone - any load that is difficult to carry
load, loading, burden - weight to be borne or conveyed
3.millstone - one of a pair of heavy flat disk-shaped stones that are rotated against one another to grind the grainmillstone - one of a pair of heavy flat disk-shaped stones that are rotated against one another to grind the grain
gristmill - a mill for grinding grain (especially the customer's own grain)
stone - building material consisting of a piece of rock hewn in a definite shape for a special purpose; "he wanted a special stone to mark the site"

millstone

noun
1. burden, weight, load, albatross, drag, affliction, dead weight, encumbrance The contract proved to be a millstone around his neck.
2. grindstone, quernstone standing in a marketplace, watching a millstone grinding wheat

millstone

noun
A duty or responsibility that is a source of anxiety, worry, or hardship:
Informal: headache.
Translations
رَحى، حَجَر الرَّحىعِبء ثَقيل
mlýnský kámenmlýnský kámen na krku
en klods om beneten møllestenmøllesten
myllynkivi
malomkő
myllu-/kvarnarsteinnòung byrîi
mlynský kameň
žrvanj

millstone

[ˈmɪlstəʊn] Npiedra f de molino, muela f
it's a millstone round his neckes una cruz que lleva a cuestas

millstone

[ˈmɪlstəʊn] nmeule f
to be a millstone round sb's neck → être un boulet pour qn
The debt was a millstone round the poor man's neck → La dette était un boulet pour le pauvre homme.

millstone

[ˈmɪlˌstəʊn] nmacina, mola
it's a millstone round his neck → è un grosso peso per lui, è una palla al piede per lui

mill

(mil) noun
1. a machine, sometimes now electrical, for grinding coffee, pepper etc by crushing it between rough, hard surfaces. a coffee-mill; a pepper-mill.
2. a building where grain is ground. The farmer took his corn to the mill.
3. a building where certain types of things are manufactured. A woollen-mill; a steel-mill.
verb
1. to grind or press. This flour was milled locally.
2. (usually with about or around) (of crowds) to move about in a disorganized way. There's a huge crowd of people milling around outside.
ˈmiller noun
a person who works a grain mill.
ˈmillstone noun
1. one of the two large, heavy stones used in an old-fashioned mill for grinding grain.
2. (usually with round one's/the neck) something that is a heavy burden or responsibility, and prevents easy progress. He regarded his brother as a millstone round his neck.
ˈmillwheel noun
a wheel that provides power to a mill as it turns.
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