ball and chain(redirected from ball and chains)
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ball and chain
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′
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.