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Ball and chain   /bɔl ənd tʃeɪn/   Listen
Ball and chain

noun
1.
Heavy iron ball attached to a prisoner by a chain.






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"Ball and chain" Quotes from Famous Books



... right of the strongest to that of the most just, suppresses pirates, mitigates sentences, makes the galleys healthy, throws the red-hot iron into the sewer, condemns the penalty of death, removes the ball and chain from the leg of the convict, abolishes torture, degrades and brands war, stifles Dukes of Alva and Charles the Ninths, and extracts the ...
— Napoleon the Little • Victor Hugo



Words linked to "Ball and chain" :   bond, trammel, shackle, hamper



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