go through the mill

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go through the mill

To be abused or treated very harshly; to suffer intense anguish, stress, or grief. People in my high school put me through the mill as a kid. I couldn't get out of there fast enough. The coach was renowned for putting his players through the mill in order to make them the toughest in the state.
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go through the mill

If you go through the mill, you experience a very difficult period in your life with many problems. She's been through the mill these last few years — the collapse of her marriage and her career and a serious illness on top of that. It's been an incredibly tough tour and we have all been through the mill. Note: You can also say that something or someone puts someone through the mill. Following the England side over the years, I have been put through the mill emotionally. Note: The reference here is to grain passing through a mill and being made into flour.
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go (or put someone) through the mill

undergo (or cause someone to undergo) an unpleasant experience.
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go through/put somebody through the ˈmill

experience, or make somebody experience, something difficult or painful: It was a very difficult interview. They really put me through the mill.She’s been through the mill this year. First she lost her job and then her house was burgled.
A mill is a machine for crushing or grinding a solid substance into powder.
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