millstone

[ mil-stohn ]
/ ˈmɪlˌstoʊn /

noun

either of a pair of circular stones between which grain or another substance is ground, as in a mill.
anything that grinds or crushes.
any heavy mental or emotional burden (often used in the phrase a millstone around one's neck).

Origin of millstone

before 1050; Middle English milneston, Old English mylenstān. See mill1, stone
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millstone

/ (ˈmɪlˌstəʊn) /

noun

one of a pair of heavy flat disc-shaped stones that are rotated one against the other to grind grain
a heavy burden, such as a responsibility or obligationhis debts were a millstone round his neck
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Word Origin and History for millstone

millstone


n.

Old English mylenstan, from mill (n.1) + stone (n.). Figurative sense of "a burden" (1720) is from Matt. xviii:6.

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