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ball and chain Explained

ball and chain at English => English (Longman) Of Explained:

n [singular]
1 something that limits your freedom and stops you from doing what you want to do: --The lower-tech side of the business was seen as a ball and chain.//
2 a heavy metal ball on a chain, tied to a prisoner's legs, to stop the prisoner from escaping:

ball and chain at English => English (WordNet) Of Explained:

ball and chain
n : heavy iron ball attached to a prisoner by a chain

ball and chain at English (WD) Of Explained:

==English==

Noun

Inter: en-noun » head=ball and chain|balls and chains
  • A heavy iron ball attached to a prisoner's leg by a chain as a means of restraint.
    1. 1990, Category: w - :Mike Ness|Mike Ness (songwriter), Category: w - :Social Distortion|Social Distortion (band), “Category: w - :Ball and Chain (Social Distortion song)|Ball and Chain”:
    2. : Take away this ball and chain.
    3. Inter: slan » g One's wife, as a symbol of restraint.


    Translation: et » ball and chain