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what does it mean " brake batterfly upon a wheel " ?
If the correct one is "butterfly", then see the explanation:
"Who breaks a butterfly upon a wheel?" is a quotation- meaning to put massive effort into achieving something minor or unimportant and this is like a more or less disguised reference to "breaking on the wheel", a form of torture in which victims had their long bones broken by an iron bar while tied to a cartwheel.
The breaking wheel (also known as the Catherine wheel) was a torturous capital punishment device used in the Middle Ages and early modern times for public execution by cudgeling to death.
Last edited by sarat_106; 28-Aug-2008 at 08:09.