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Thats when they begin to get uneasy, and mill around and around in a circle.

We mill around with the crowd, and soon are pushed against a counter.

But that won't stop Burt Holden, and any place he builds the mill around here will drain into the Illinois.

"I hope you don't think you're going to mill around out here alone," Rowdy said tartly.

Even the search parties often get themselves balled up and mill around in circles, perfect examples of mass hysteria.

The cabalgadores felt themselves like beagles who mill around and bark in vain braggadocio.

The pressure on the trail 126 relaxed and the sheep began to mill around and around.

Well, they'll mill around a while and like as not they'll run a course south to pick me up agin.

The point was that Freddy and he didn't have time right now to mill around the sky with Nazi pilots.


"building fitted to grind grain," Old English mylen "a mill" (10c.), an early Germanic borrowing from Late Latin molina, molinum "mill" (source of French moulin, Spanish molino), originally fem. and neuter of molinus "pertaining to a mill," from Latin mola "mill, millstone," related to molere "to grind," from PIE *mele-, *mel- "to crush, grind," with derivatives referring to ground material and tools for grinding (cf. Greek myle "mill;" see mallet).

Also from Late Latin molina, directly or indirectly, are German Mühle, Old Saxon mulin, Old Norse mylna, Danish mølle, Old Church Slavonic mulinu. Broader sense of "grinding machine" is attested from 1550s. Other types of manufacturing machines driven by wind or water, whether for grinding or not, began to be called mills by early 15c. Sense of "building fitted with industrial machinery" is from c.1500.


Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.