Part of speech: noun

A wheel turned by a stepping motion; dreary toil.

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Usage examples "treadmill":

  1. The forest was a great treadmill in which men toiled all day, only to be surrounded at night by the same grandeurs and littlenesses they had that morning left. - "The Silent Places", Steward Edward White.
  2. Otherwise I could accept the ox- routine and grind out my soul in the treadmill of three meals a day. - "Neighbours", Robert Stead.
  3. And in this view, though our efforts be humble and our toil hard, life can never be a treadmill. - "Words of Cheer for the Tempted, the Toiling, and the Sorrowing", T. S. Arthur.