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[mil-stohn] /ˈmɪlˌstoʊn/

either of a pair of circular stones between which grain or another substance is ground, as in a mill.
anything that grinds or crushes.
any heavy mental or emotional burden (often used in the phrase a millstone around one’s neck).
one of a pair of heavy flat disc-shaped stones that are rotated one against the other to grind grain
a heavy burden, such as a responsibility or obligation: his debts were a millstone round his neck

Old English mylenstan, from mill (n.1) + stone (n.). Figurative sense of “a burden” (1720) is from Matt. xviii:6.


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