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chain gang

n.
A group of convicts chained together, especially for outdoor labor.
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chain gang

n
(Law) US a group of convicted prisoners chained together, usually while doing hard labour
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chain′ gang`


n.
a group of convicts chained together.
[1825–35]
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Noun1.chain gang - a gang of convicts chained togetherchain gang - a gang of convicts chained together
work party, crew, gang - an organized group of workmen
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