squirrel cagesquirrel cage
a cage for a squirrel, hamster, etc. containing a drum that revolves when the animal runs inside it: often used fig.
(plural squirrel cages)
- A circular cage for a squirrel or other small animal, which rotates vertically as the animal runs at the bottom.
- (figuratively, by extension) A tedious, repetitive, unfulfilling activity or situation, especially one in which no progress is achieved.
- (engineering) Any other device, such as a fan or rotor, that resembles a squirrel cage in form.