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merry-go-round

[mer-ee-goh-round] /ˈmɛr i goʊˌraʊnd/
noun
1.
Also called carousel, carrousel. (in amusement parks, carnivals, etc.) a revolving, circular platform with wooden horses or other animals, benches, etc., on which people may sit or ride, usually to the accompaniment of mechanical or recorded music.
2.
a rapid whirl or a busy round, as of social life or business affairs.
Origin
1720-1730
1720-30
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  • These cannot possibly be enough, however, to permit a resumption of the merry-go-round of the last two or three years.
British Dictionary definitions for merry-go-round

merry-go-round

noun
1.
another name for roundabout (sense 1)
2.
a whirl of activity or events: the merry-go-round of the fashion world
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Word Origin and History for merry-go-round
n.

1729, from merry (adj.) + go (v.) + 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 joy and sorrow" (1590s).

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