millstone around (one's) neck

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millstone around (one's) neck

A heavy burden. I wish I hadn't bought that house—the mortgage is a millstone around my neck.
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millstone around one's neck

A heavy burden, as in Julie finds Grandma, who is crabby, a millstone around her neck. The literal hanging of a millstone about the neck is mentioned as a punishment in the New Testament (Matthew 18:6), causing the miscreant to be drowned. Its present figurative use was first recorded in a history of the Quakers (c. 1720).
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a millstone around your neck


a millstone round your neck

COMMON If something is a millstone around your neck or a millstone round your neck, it is a very unpleasant problem or responsibility that you cannot escape from. The country's inefficient telephone company has been a millstone round the government's neck. Long-term illness can make you feel like a millstone around your family's necks. Note: Millstone is often used on its own with this meaning. There is the continuing millstone of the country's enormous foreign debt. Note: A millstone is one of a pair of very heavy round flat stones which are used to grind grain. Jesus referred to children in Matthew 18:5 by saying, `Whoso shall offend one of these little ones which believe in me, it were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck and that he were drowned in the depth of the sea.'
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a millstone round your neck

a very severe impediment or disadvantage.
A millstone was a large circular stone used to grind corn. The phrase alludes to a method of executing people by throwing them into deep water with a heavy stone attached to them, a fate believed to have been suffered by several early Christian martyrs.
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a millstone around/round somebody’s ˈneck

something which limits your freedom or makes you worry: My debts are a millstone round my neck.A millstone is a very large heavy flat stone used to crush grain to make flour. This phrase refers to an old form of punishing people by tying a heavy stone around their necks and dropping them into deep water to drown.
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Retired airman Stan Still, 76, from Cirencester, Gloucestershire, said his name had been "a blooming millstone around my neck my entire life".
Our two children had already grown up and left and the house has been a financial millstone around my neck.
Denize, who lives with her children Chloe, 13, and Chantelle, 14, in a flat in London's exclusive Belgravia, said: "For so long the past has been a millstone around my neck.
But it was a frugal trip on National Express which created the guilt millstone around my neck.
People keep talking about 1980 and all that but I wouldn't say it was a millstone around my neck or anything like that.
I received a letter from an earnest adult who had found some profanity in Bridge to Terabithia and felt a need to tell me that I would be better off with the biblical millstone around my neck than to write such books for the fragile young.
In reality it's not so much a millstone around my neck but 14 pounds of stubborn lard around my middle, a parting gift from popping out two children in quick succession.
The last 18 months have been like a millstone around my neck and I haven't been able to relax.