treadmill

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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
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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.
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.