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 for merry-go-round
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Merry-go-round \Mer"ry-go`-round"\, n.
     Any revolving contrivance for affording amusement; esp., a
     group of seats in the shape of hobbyhorses or other fanciful
     animals, arranged in a circle on a platform that is rotated
     by a mechanical drive, often to the accompaniment of music;
     the seats often move up and down in synchrony with the
     rotation; -- called also carousel. It is employed primarily
     for the amusement of children, and is typically found at an
     amusement park.
     [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 1: a never-ending cycle of activities and events (especially
           when they seem to have little purpose); "if we lose the
           election the whole legislative merry-go-round will have to
           start over"
      2: a large, rotating machine with seats for children to ride or
         amusement [syn: carousel, carrousel, merry-go-round,
         roundabout, whirligig]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  27 Moby Thesaurus words for "merry-go-round":
     Ferris wheel, carousel, chute-the-chutes, chutes, disk,
     flying horses, mad round, roller, roller coaster, rolling stone,
     rotator, rotor, round of pleasure, roundabout, rundle, seesaw,
     swing, teeter-totter, the dizzy rounds, the rounds, top, wheel,
     whip, whirl, whirlabout, whirler, whirligig

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