through the mill

Definition of through the mill

chiefly British

  1. :  through a very difficult experience They've been (put) through the mill in the months since their father died.

Word by Word Definitions

  1. :  a building provided with machinery for grinding grain into flour

    :  a machine or apparatus (as a quern) for grinding grain

    :  a machine for crushing or comminuting

  1. :  to subject to an operation or process in a mill: such as

    :  to grind into flour, meal, or powder

    :  to shape or dress by means of a rotary cutter

  1. :  a money of account equal to 110 cent

  1. : variant spelling of2mil

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