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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Mill.
 
To fight; not from the Latin mils, a soldier, but from the noun mill. Grinding was anciently performed by pulverising with a stone or pounding with the hand. To mill is to beat with the fist, as persons used to beat corn with a stone.   1
   The word is Gaelic, in which there are numerous derivatives, meaning to ravage, destroy, etc.   2
 


 Milky Way (The).Mills of God grind slowly (The). 

 
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