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chain gang

a group of convicts chained together, especially when working outside.
Origin of chain gang
First recorded in 1825-35 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • I was put in th' pen, then I was sent t' the chain gang 'nd set t' boxin' trees f'r turpentine.

    Dick in the Everglades A. W. Dimock
  • He erected a house on the ground: this a chain gang was employed to destroy.

  • I'm going to send that dad of yours to the chain gang tomorrow—and you know what that means.

    The Forged Note Oscar Micheaux
  • And I discover she is entertaining a convict who escaped from a chain gang.

    Dust of the Desert Robert Welles Ritchie
  • The other didn't say, but quick intuition told her that son had gone to the chain gang.

    The Forged Note Oscar Micheaux
  • In some states they put them in a chain gang or jail too, when they catch them.

    Ticktock and Jim Keith Robertson
  • I don't want t' hurt anybody 'cept one feller, but I ain't goin' back t' no chain gang.

    Dick in the Everglades A. W. Dimock
  • Sadler said nothing, but looked down at the chain gang below.

    The Belted Seas Arthur Colton
  • If these should hear the chain gang chorus, seize it, make all the living hear it, see it!

British Dictionary definitions for chain gang

chain gang

(US) a group of convicted prisoners chained together, usually while doing hard labour
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Slang definitions & phrases for chain gang

chain gang

noun phrase

The football officials who carry and set the chain that marks off the ten yards needed for a first down (1980s+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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