millstone millstone  /ˈmɪl ˌstoʊn/


  1. (n) (figurative) something that hinders or handicaps
  2. (n) any load that is difficult to carry
  3. (n) one of a pair of heavy flat disk-shaped stones that are rotated against one another to grind the grain


  1. The Republicans could well find that their recalcitrance and ugly misinformation are a millstone in the next election.
  2. He had started becoming an excellent Senator well before his presidential millstone was lifted.
  3. Japan's domestic economy has become the millstone around the nation's neck, slowly pulling it to the bottom of the pool.


  1. PRINCETON AREA: Police blotter

    Princeton Vincent Kiukys, 61, of Millstone, was arrested Wednesday on warrants out of Cherry Hill and Mt. Laurel. He was released after bail was posted.
    on June 22, 2013     Source: The Princeton Packet

  2. MANVILLE: Flood commission to tour Millstone

    Regional flood commission members will visit Millstone next Wednesday, June 26, to look at damage to historic homes from frequent floods of the Millstone River.
    on June 22, 2013     Source: The Manville News

  3. Agriculture sec’y highlights presence of equine industry in Garden State

    MILLSTONE — New Jersey Secretary of Agriculture Douglas H. Fisher recently celebrated the Month of the Horse at Showplace Farms in Millstone Township. read more
    on June 18, 2013     Source: Examiner

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