Definition of merry-go-round in English:



  • 1A revolving machine with model horses or cars on which people ride for amusement.

    • ‘Waltzers, dodgems, helter-skelters and one or two old fashioned merry-go-rounds with properly painted horses.’
    • ‘In Strangers on a Train, Farley Granger is holding desperately onto the pole of one of the horses of an out-of-control merry-go-round.’
    • ‘The electric rides in the second park too have their share of eager-beaver customers who giggle and scream through the train ride, the merry-go-round and the horse and the duck rides.’
    • ‘Despite " modernisation " of the city, primitive amusement rides like manual merry-go-rounds and " giant " wheels proved a big hit with children.’
    • ‘Looking at the available rides, the four friends could see a large Ferris wheel, a colorful merry-go-round, funhouses, a popular roller coaster and many more.’
    • ‘It's a market style atmosphere all night with food vendors galore, market stalls offering fresh local produce, carnival games and rides for the kids including a merry-go-round and mini jeeps.’
    • ‘After riding bareback on the merry-go-round, Colette asked if she could try one colorful game she spotted on the way to the carousel.’
    • ‘He was the one who introduced me to books and took me to Coney Island to ride on the merry-go-round.’
    • ‘There were lots of fun and games for both children and adults from the coconut shy and the death slide to a merry-go-round and a bouncy castle.’
    • ‘It is no more a genuine off-road vehicle than that carving on the merry-go-round is a genuine horse.’
    • ‘The rides varied from the sluggish merry-go-rounds to the fast roller coasters.’
    • ‘The film is based on a Disney theme park ride, but feels like a creaky merry-go-round compared with the thrilling rollercoaster that was Pirates Of The Caribbean.’
    • ‘A Ferris wheel pokes above the palm trees in the affluent district of Zaitoona; at neighbourhood funfairs, parents usher their children on to the rides, slides and merry-go-rounds.’
    • ‘On the brighter side was the dad and daughter duo I'd seen a month before riding the merry-go-round.’
    • ‘Giant wheels, merry-go-rounds and ‘shooting points’ were teeming with enthusiastic children and adults alike.’
    • ‘‘The funfair has bouncy castles, merry-go-rounds and swings which are providing facilities for play and social interaction for children,’ she said.’
    • ‘Instead, after a little fight with Phoebe, Holden ends up accompanying her to the park and watching as she rides the merry-go-round, stretching from her wooden horse to reach a prized brass ring.’
    • ‘Starting up the machine would play the music, and it would sound like a merry-go-round at an amusement park.’
    • ‘They rode the merry-go-round, the Ferris wheel, the roller coaster, and a weird little spinning thing that you propelled yourself, and Dana had never had so much fun in her life.’
    • ‘Not even the story about how she made me walk to the supermarket with her so she could ride the children's merry-go-round.’
    1. 1.1 A continuous cycle of activities or events, especially when regarded as pointless.
      ‘the football management merry-go-round’
      • ‘I suspect he really wants to say that on the eternal merry-go-round of economic models, no economic theory has a true proponent, that ‘real economists are not proponents of any theory’.’
      • ‘Players turn into disappointments, teams underachieve and the managerial merry-go-round starts anew.’
      • ‘All have proved that there is more to football than Scotland's narrow-minded managerial merry-go-round.’
      • ‘Aberdeen has been a merry-go-round for managers and most fans now want stability.’
      • ‘Even here in a holiday resort town we get caught up with the craziness of the daily merry-go-round and become progressively exhausted and burnt out.’
      • ‘Maritimo have been giving the managerial merry-go-round a vigorous whirl of late.’
      • ‘So the merry-go-round of pseudo-debate will continue.’
      • ‘And so it's very likely that the first bed, if you like, that's found is not going to be suitable or possible or available, and so children simply move round until they stop, it's like a merry-go-round.’
      • ‘However, it's not all bad news on the unification merry-go-round.’
      • ‘Even before he stepped on the self-indulgent, self-destructive merry-go-round of birds and booze, bankruptcy and jail.’
      • ‘Now, what next on the managerial merry-go-round?’
      • ‘April has been a merry-go-round of a month, stuffed full with business, things to do and highs and lows of all kinds.’
      • ‘A wild west slippery slide, merry-go-round, trail bikes and furry Easter Bunny all coloured the fair, but a helicopter joyride was the biggest drawcard for three-year-old Georgia.’
      • ‘Fund management is a merry-go-round with what talent there is often on the move.’
      • ‘Passion, talent and genuine desire to make a difference inspire many but on the consumerist merry-go-round some of us ride, success is often equated with a fat pay cheque.’
      • ‘Life was not always rosy, though, and he fell off the managerial merry-go-round at Kalmar in 1999.’
      • ‘This could lead to a merry-go-round situation where difficult pupils are moved from one school to the next.’
      • ‘At lower division level you can talk of managerial merry-go-rounds.’
      • ‘Now, a depressing injury and two years of highs, lows and managerial merry-go-rounds later, he contents himself with mere realities.’
      • ‘Without context we end up on a merry-go-round of activity and movement that never seems to get us to where we want to be.’
      • ‘Building toward inclusion is a process that takes sustained effort, much like keeping a merry-go-round spinning.’
      succession, series, sequence, progression, string, chain, cycle, round
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    2. 1.2British as modifier Denoting freight trains which deliver bulk loads of coal from collieries to power stations on a continuous cycle, loading and unloading automatically while moving.
      • ‘Occasionally a merry-go-round train passes along the line.’
      • ‘There's the merry-go-round line for coal trains to Eggborough Power Station and a new spur line at Whitley Bridge for the wood-burning power plant.’
      • ‘Nottinghamshire pioneered the ‘merry-go-round train system'’ where coal was taken from pit to power station in permanently coupled diesel hauled trains.’