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ball and chain (n.)

a type of prisoner's restraint, 1818; used figuratively by 1883 of foolish, wasteful habits; as "one's wife," 1920.

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Definitions of ball and chain

ball and chain (n.)
heavy iron ball attached to a prisoner by a chain;
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