through the mill

idiom

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

Examples of through the mill in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The cause of the outbreak may have passed through the mill months ago and is now gone, Dier said. Freep.com, 23 Apr. 2023 The cause of the outbreak may have passed through the mill months ago and is now gone, Dier said. Freep.com, 23 Apr. 2023 Since then, he has been ground through the mill of Russian justice; the film suggests that his incarceration may last as long as twenty years. Anthony Lane, The New Yorker, 24 Apr. 2022

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“Through the mill.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/through%20the%20mill. Accessed 1 Mar. 2024.

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