noun Date: 1729 1. an amusement park ride with seats often in the form of animals (as horses) revolving about a fixed center 2. a cycle of activity that is complex, fast-paced, or difficult to break out of <
the corporate merry-go-round

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  • merry-go-round — (n.) 1729, from MERRY (Cf. merry) (adj.) + GO (Cf. go) (v.) + ROUND (Cf. round). Figurative use by 1838. Merry totter (mid 15c.) was a Middle English name for a swing or see saw. Also Cf. merry go down strong ale (c.1500); merry go sorry a mix of …   Etymology dictionary

  • merry-go-round — merry go rounds 1) N COUNT A merry go round is a large circular platform at a fairground on which there are model animals or vehicles for people to sit on or in as it turns round. 2) N COUNT: usu sing, oft N of n You can refer to a continuous… …   English dictionary

  • Merry-Go-Round — est un film français réalisé par Jacques Rivette, sorti en 1981. Sommaire 1 Synopsis 2 Fiche technique 3 Distribution 4 Liens externes …   Wikipédia en Français

  • merry-go-round — merry go .round n 1.) a machine that turns around and around, and has model animals or cars for children to sit on American Equivalent: carouselBritish Equivalent: roundabout 2.) [singular] a series of similar events that happen very quickly one… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • merry-go-round — merry go ,round noun 1. ) count a machine with models of animals or vehicles that children ride on as it goes around in a circle 2. ) singular a continuous series of related events or activities: the media merry go round 3. ) a circular structure …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • merry-go-round — [mer′ē gō round΄] n. 1. a circular, revolving platform with forms of animals as seats on it, used at carnivals, amusement parks, etc.: it is turned by machinery, usually to music; carousel 2. a whirl or busy round, as of work or pleasure …   English World dictionary

  • Merry-go-round — Mer ry go round , n. Any revolving contrivance for affording amusement; esp., a group of seats in the shape of hobbyhorses or other fanciful animals, arranged in a circle on a platform that is rotated by a mechanical drive, often to the… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Merry-Go-Round — ist: das englische Wort für Karussell der Originaltitel des US amerikanischen Spielfilms Rummelplatz des Lebens aus dem Jahr 1923 der Originaltitel eines französischen Spielfilms des Regisseurs Jacques Rivette von 1981 …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • merry-go-round — ► NOUN 1) a revolving machine with model horses or cars on which people ride for amusement. 2) a continuous cycle of activities or events …   English terms dictionary

  • merry-go-round — UK / US noun Word forms merry go round : singular merry go round plural merry go rounds 1) [countable] a machine with models of animals or vehicles that children ride on as it goes round in a circle 2) [singular] a continuous series of related… …   English dictionary

  • merry-go-round — n. to ride (on) a merry go round * * * [ merɪgəʊˌraʊnd] to ride (on) a merry go round …   Combinatory dictionary

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