Definition of millstone in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈmɪlstəʊn/


1Each of two circular stones used for grinding corn.
Example sentences
  • On a more secular level, stone was used for a number of purposes, the most widespread being the manufacture of quern stones and millstones in water-mills.
  • Then they are ground through three pairs of water-powered millstones, becoming successively finer with each set of stones, and packed into airtight containers for distribution.
  • He explained that they were the sites where millstones were cut from the outcrops of Millstone Grit.
1.1A heavy and inescapable responsibility: she threatened to become a millstone round his neck
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  • I felt like a millstone round her neck, her own health problems taking a back seat to my own.
  • He regarded Holmes as a millstone round his neck, preferring to research and write historical fiction.
  • The house is lovely but it's a millstone round your neck if you can't make enough money to redecorate it.
burden, unwanted responsibility, encumbrance, dead weight, load, onus;
duty, obligation, liability, trouble, problem, misfortune, affliction;
cross to bear, albatross
archaic cumber
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