The former prime minister trades bunga-bunga for ball-and-chain as he announces engagement to 27-year-old Francesca Pascale.
I say your old rag of a Constitution is a ball-and-chain on your national leg.
Yesterday the President remitted the sentence of a poor lad, sentenced to ball-and-chain for six months, for cowardice, etc.
a type of prisoner's restraint, 1818; as "one's wife," 1920.
One's wife; old woman (1920s+)