squirrel cage

noun

1
: a cage for a small animal (such as a squirrel) that contains a rotatable cylinder for exercising
2
: something resembling the working of a squirrel cage in repetitiveness or endlessness

Word History

First Known Use

1821, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of squirrel cage was in 1821

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Cite this Entry

“Squirrel cage.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/squirrel%20cage. Accessed 13 Jul. 2024.

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