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Through the mill


Survived an ordeal. ‘Mill’ refers to a grinding mechanism such as for chopping up wheat, so the phrase implies a severe ordeal. (Compare to Put through the wringer.)

“The job interview was tough, they ran me through the mill to know everything I’ver ever done in the past.”

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