ball and chain
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Origin of ball and chain
usage note for ball and chain
Example sentences from the Web for ball and chain
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One of the kids had a ball in his hand, and Cuomo took it and tossed it back and forth to an eight year old.
Instead of going for the hole, I hit the ball directly into the water.
There is only sand, a white ball, and a flag indicating the hole.
She stood, in her young purity, at one end of the chain of years, and Mrs. Chepstow—did she really stand at the other?Bella Donna|Robert Hichens
She also practises etching, pen-and-ink drawing, as well as crayon and water-color sketching.Women in the fine arts, from the Seventh Century B.C. to the Twentieth Century A.D.|Clara Erskine Clement
It was little better than coal dust, and would not carry a ball fifty paces to kill or wound.
No law of that country must exceed in words the number of letters in their alphabet, which consists only in two-and-twenty.Gulliver's Travels|Jonathan Swift
Then he closed the spring with a snap, and she let him pass the chain over her hand once more.Rosemary in Search of a Father|C. N. Williamson
British Dictionary definitions for ball and chain
Idioms and Phrases with ball and chain
A burden and restraint, as in Karen regarded her job as a ball and chain, but she needed the money. The term, dating from the early 1800s, alludes to chaining a heavy iron ball to a prisoner's leg. Later it was transferred to other kinds of restraining burden.