Definition of millstone
1 : either of two circular stones used for grinding something (such as grain)
2a : something that grinds or crushesb : a heavy burden
Examples of millstone in a Sentence
College loans can quickly become a millstone for students.
The scandal has become a political millstone.
The scandal has been a millstone around her neck.
Recent Examples of millstone from the Web
The basalt millstones at the Jebrini mill, for example, date back 200 years.
The rise of abundant and relatively cheap natural gas has put plants like Millstone at a severe economic disadvantage; 13 nuclear plants have announced closures, Formica said.
Three nuclear plants operate in New England: Millstone, Pilgrim in Massachusetts and Seabrook in New Hampshire.
Should football independence become a millstone around the Fighting Irish's neck, Swarbrick's denials might be a little less forceful or at least taken with a bigger grain of salt.
That millstone hangs firmly around Paul Ryan’s neck.
A hefty Indonesian millstone near the entry sets the scale.
People will always root for someone trying to shed a millstone.
The need to do six Dior collections a year was seen as a millstone around the neck of creativity.
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First Known Use of millstone
before 12th century
MILLSTONE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of millstone for English Language Learners
: either one of two large, flat, round stones that are used for grinding grain in a mill
: a problem or responsibility that does not go away and that makes it difficult or impossible to do or achieve something
MILLSTONE Defined for Kids
Definition of millstone for Students
: either of two large circular stones used for grinding grain
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