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chain gang

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

chain gang

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

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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Directly ahead of me in the chain gang was a young woman.
Everyone going back to chain gangs is looking at this," says Kaufman.
The governor and prison commissioner claim that the chain gangs will deter crime and negative inmate behavior.
Madden 64 features three skill levels, on-field officials and chain gangs.
He is immensely proud of the fact that he was the first man in the world to introduce female chain gangs and is currently setting up a similar programme for juvenile offenders.
In the past 20 years, Ridgway has penned odes to loners and losers, trigger-happy cops, other-wordly chain gangs, and Harry Truman and the atom bomb.
Considering the mood of the country, perhaps we should not be surprised that chain gangs have been resurrected.
Alabama Prison Commissioner Ron Jones, the gentle ghoul responsible for reviving chain gangs in May, has just reinstituted that Hollywood staple, the rock pile.
The latter shouldn't be all that hard; despite the white warden's (Nick Cassavetes) tough talk, the gardenlike work camp has no walls, and its chain gangs are rarely chained.
AB 2044 would have created chain gangs in state prisons by requiring the Department of Corrections to place leg irons on selected inmates who work.
15, lamenting a national political climate that favors a return to chain gangs and other punitive prison measures.
In 1915, Georgia boasted 13,000 miles of surfaced roads, more than any other southern state, largely made possible by the Good Roads project, in which chain gangs were organized into unpaid highway construction crews.