Definitions for ball and chain

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

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.

    Category: Status (usage)

* Usage: Definition 2 is used with disparaging intent and is perceived as insulting. It implies that the woman is domineering.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. ball and chain(noun)

    heavy iron ball attached to a prisoner by a chain


  1. ball and chain(Noun)

    A heavy iron ball attached to a prisoner's leg by a chain as a means of restraint.

  2. ball and chain(Noun)

    One's wife, as a symbol of restraint.


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