Definition of merry-go-round in English:

merry-go-round

Syllabification: mer·ry-go-round

noun

  • 1A revolving machine with model horses or other animals on which people ride for amusement.
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    • Despite " modernisation " of the city, primitive amusement rides like manual merry-go-rounds and " giant " wheels proved a big hit with children.
    • Instead, after a little fight with Phoebe, Holden ends up accompanying her to the park and watching as she rides the merry-go-round, stretching from her wooden horse to reach a prized brass ring.
    • Waltzers, dodgems, helter-skelters and one or two old fashioned merry-go-rounds with properly painted horses.
  • 1.1A large revolving device in a playground, for children to ride on.
  • 1.2A continuous cycle of activities or events, especially when perceived as having no purpose or producing no result: the football management merry-go-round
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    • Without context we end up on a merry-go-round of activity and movement that never seems to get us to where we want to be.
    • Fund management is a merry-go-round with what talent there is often on the move.
    • So the merry-go-round of pseudo-debate will continue.

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