ball and chain
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Origin of ball and chain
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Words nearby ball and chain
Example sentences from the Web for ball and chain
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.Cavanagh: Forest Ranger|Hamlin Garland
Yesterday the President remitted the sentence of a poor lad, sentenced to ball-and-chain for six months, for cowardice, etc.A Rebel War Clerk's Diary at the Confederate States Capital|John Beauchamp Jones
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.