hamster wheel (plural hamster wheels)
- A circular cage for a hamster or other small rodent, which rotates vertically as the animal runs at the bottom.
- (figuratively, by extension) A monotonous, repetitive, unfulfilling activity, especially one in which no progress is achieved.
- 2002, Michiko Kakutani, "Books of the Times," New York Times, 28 Jun. (retrieved 23 Sep. 2008),
- The overall mood of this volume is one of melancholy and loss, weary resignation to one's lot—trudging round and round on the rusty hamster wheel of life.