One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Undergo (or cause someone to undergo) an unpleasant experience.
- ‘If I'd known putting you through the mill would bring about this kind of improvement, I wouldn't have wasted all that time talking.’
- ‘The Russian doctors really put me through the mill, examining me from top to toe.’
- ‘All I've done is sit at a desk in a well-heated room, drinking coffee and eating chocolate, while I put Rebus through the mill for the umpteenth time.’
- ‘One film had gone through the mill of mishaps and survived until it reached the edit suite.’
- ‘I thoroughly recommend it - there are times when you feel like you're going through the mill and can't verbalise what you're going through, or just plain feel empty.’
- ‘Seeing as my friend's just gone through the mill, I thought it would be interesting to ask him what sort of tips he would have for others thinking about selling up.’
- ‘However, their exertions in Yorkshire seemed to have caught up with them as Celtic put them through the mill from the kick-off.’
- ‘We were going through the mill on the side, not being able to get on and play ourselves.’
- ‘If the band were laidback before going through the mill, they seem even more so now.’
- ‘The sport really is going through the mill at the moment, as it goes from controversy to fresh controversy.’
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