through the mill

idiom
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of through the mill

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

Word by Word Definitions

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

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

  3. : a machine for crushing or comminuting

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

  2. : to grind into flour, meal, or powder

  3. : to shape or dress by means of a rotary cutter

  1. : a money of account equal to ¹/₁₀ cent

  1. : variant spelling of mil:2

  2. : a million dollars


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