Definition of trouble at t' mill from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary


trouble at t' mill

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a humorous phrase sometimes used by British people to refer to a problem, especially at home or at work. It is said in the accent of the people of northern England, especially Yorkshire or Lancashire, where there used to be many mills (= factories where cloth was made), and where the word 'the' is often not fully pronounced. The phrase suggests the idea that there were regular disputes between the workers in the mills and their owners.