everlasting staircase


everlasting staircase
   obsolete
   a treadmill
   The degree of arduousness was regulated by a jailor through a screw; and see screw2:
    The convicts' names for the treadmill were expressive: the everlasting staircase, or, because the stiff prison clothes scraped their groin raw after a few hours on it, the cockchafer. (R. Hughes, 1987)

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