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Sisyphus

(Latin; Sisuphos, Greek). A fraudulent avaricious king of Corinth, whose task in the world of shades is to roll a huge stone to the top of a hill, and fix it there. It so falls out that the stone no sooner reaches the hill-top than it bounds down again.

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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