sisyphus

Part of speech: noun

Gr. Myth. A son of Eolus; condemned to roll uphill a stone that ever rolls back.

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Usage examples "sisyphus":

  1. Like some female Sisyphus, she seemed always pushing an enormous needle through a mountain of clothes that grew higher each time she reached the top. - "A Prisoner in Fairyland", Algernon Blackwood.
  2. On another occasion he addressed his energies to the Sisyphus- like task of endeavouring to roll a very large water- barrel through his mother's very small door, all one winter night, while his mother alternately coaxed and threatened. - "An Isle in the Water", Katharine Tynan.
  3. You know, the one they call 'The Envy of Sisyphus, ' because it goes quite nicely up- hill if you push it. - "The Chronicles of Clovis", Saki.