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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.
References in classic literature ?
But she has no resort but to pray; and many such prayers to God have gone up from those same trim, neatly-arranged, respectable slave-prisons,--prayers which God has not forgotten, as a coming day shall show; for it is written, "Who causeth one of these little ones to offend, it were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and that he were drowned in the depths of the sea.
But the moment had now arrived when earth and all his treasures were gliding from before his eyes, and when the savage Baron's heart, though hard as a nether millstone, became appalled as he gazed forward into the waste darkness of futurity.
Look, your worship," said Sancho; "what we see there are not giants but windmills, and what seem to be their arms are the sails that turned by the wind make the millstone go.
And there were Castor and Pollux, the twin brothers, who were never accused of being chicken-hearted, although they had been hatched out of an egg; and Theseus, who was so renowned for killing the Minotaur, and Lynceus, with his wonderfully sharp eyes, which could see through a millstone, or look right down into the depths of the earth, and discover the treasures that were there; and Orpheus, the very best of harpers, who sang and played upon his lyre so sweetly, that the brute beasts stood upon their hind legs, and capered merrily to the music.
This millstone of a rock broke Hector's shield inwards and threw him down on his back with the shield crushing him under it, but Apollo raised him at once.
Narmonee took my meaning in an instant, and running out of the house, returned the next moment with a huge rough mass of rock as big as a millstone, and indicated to me that that was exactly the thing I wanted.
One was ignorant of proportions and values; one was exposed to mistakes and thankful for attention, and one might give one's self away to people who would afterwards be as a millstone round one's neck: Mrs.
Soon after came up a millstone, an egg, a duck, and a pin; and Chanticleer gave them all leave to get into the carriage and go with them.
Five minutes ago you were like a millstone round my neck.
Left to fight the world alone, with the millstone of her shame around her neck, she had sunk ever lower and lower.
Poverty and zeal are an upper and a nether millstone.
She is a millstone round my neck, with all her virtues.