ball and chain


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ball and chain

n
1. (formerly) a heavy iron ball attached to a chain and fastened to a prisoner
2. a heavy restraint
3. slang a wife

ball′ and chain′


n.
1. a heavy iron ball fastened by a chain to a prisoner's leg.
2. Slang: Disparaging and Offensive. a wife.
usage: Definition 2 is used with disparaging intent and is perceived as insulting. It implies that the woman is domineering.
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Noun1.ball and chain - heavy iron ball attached to a prisoner by a chainball and chain - heavy iron ball attached to a prisoner by a chain
hamper, shackle, trammel, bond - a restraint that confines or restricts freedom (especially something used to tie down or restrain a prisoner)
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Now guests at the wedding, which will take place at Ms Braithwaite's family home at Haughton Castle, will raise a glass of Ball and Chain Ale.
Mr Arkell, head brewer for the family firm, said: "I'm hoping Ball and Chain will become fundamental to a truly contented married life for us both." The couple are planning to transport a bar - complete with Ball and Chain hand pump clips featuring images of the couple - from Swindon to Northumberland for the wedding.
AGROOM set to marry a Northumberland woman will mark the special day by raising a glass of his own beer - named Ball and Chain Ale.