treadmill

(redirected from treadwheel)
Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Medical, Wikipedia.

treadmill

(formerly) an apparatus used to produce rotation, in which the weight of men or animals climbing steps on or around the periphery of a cylinder or wheel caused it to turn
Collins Discovery Encyclopedia, 1st edition © HarperCollins Publishers 2005
References in periodicals archive ?
Harsher sentences and calls for the treadwheel made the local press in a
There are faint echoes of a debate that goes back to the start of the development of the modern prison over whether work should develop employment skills or consist of the pointless labour of the treadwheel. From this perspective, work becomes a vehicle for disciplining those alleged to display anti-social attitudes towards 'honest work'.
The alleged incident, in truth, happened more than a year ago and the evidence against Amy was purely circumstantial, amounting to nothing more than the fact that she happened to be in Pepper's girlfriend's flat on the day that the unfortunate rodent passed on to the great treadwheel in the sky.