1 a mill worked by the action of the wind on its sails.
2 esp. Brit. a toy consisting of a stick with curved vanes attached that revolve in a wind.
Phrases and idioms:
throw one's cap (or bonnet) over the windmill act recklessly or unconventionally. tilt at (or fight) windmills attack an imaginary enemy or grievance.
Useful english dictionary. 2012.
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