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Noun: millstone  'mil,stown
  1. (figurative) something that hinders or handicaps
    "she was a millstone around his neck";
    - albatross
     
  2. Any load that is difficult to carry
     
  3. One of a pair of heavy flat disk-shaped stones that are rotated against one another to grind the grain

Derived forms: millstones

Type of: balk, baulk [Brit], burden, check, deterrent, handicap, hinderance, hindrance, impediment, load, loading, stone

Part of: gristmill

Encyclopedia: Millstone, New Jersey