noun Tan·ta·lus \ˈtan-tə-ləs\

Definition of Tantalus

  1. 1 :  a legendary king of Lydia condemned to stand up to the chin in a pool of water in Hades and beneath fruit-laden boughs only to have the water or fruit recede at each attempt to drink or eat

  2. 2 not capitalized :  a locked cellarette with contents visible but not obtainable without a key

Origin and Etymology of tantalus

Latin, from Greek Tantalos

First Known Use: 14th century

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a trip made at another's expense

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