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Meaning of “treadmill” in the English Dictionary

"treadmill" in British English

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treadmillnoun

uk   us   /ˈtred.mɪl/
  • treadmill noun (REPEATED WORK)

[S] any ​type of ​repeatedwork that is ​boring and makes you ​feeltired and ​seems to have no ​positiveeffect and no end: There were ​days when having ​kidsseemed like an ​endless treadmill of ​feeding, ​washing, and nappy-changing.
  • treadmill noun (EXERCISE MACHINE)

[C] an ​exercisemachine that consists of a ​movingstrip or two step-like ​parts on which you ​walk without ​movingforward
(Definition of treadmill from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"treadmill" in American English

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treadmillnoun [C]

 us   /ˈtredˌmɪl/
a ​machine for ​exercising on which you ​run or ​walk on a ​strip that moves back, so that you must move at the same ​speed as the ​strip: She ​works out on a treadmill. A treadmill is also a ​boring, ​regularlyrepeatedactivity or ​experience: My ​life has been a treadmill ​lately.
(Definition of treadmill from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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