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ball and chain

noun

Simple Definition of ball and chain

  • : something that limits someone's freedom or ability to do things

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of ball and chain

  1. :  something that limits one's freedom or ability to do things <Drugs are a ball and chain for many people.> <(old-fashioned) He referred to his wife as “the ball and chain.”>

Word by Word Definitions

ballplay
  1. : :  a round or roundish body or mass: as

    :  a spherical or ovoid body used in a game or sport

    :  earth, globe

  1. :  to form or gather into a ball

    :  to form or gather into a ball

  1. :  a large formal gathering for social dancing

    :  a very pleasant experience :  a good time

chainplay
  1. :  a series of usually metal links or rings connected to or fitted into one another and used for various purposes (as support, restraint, transmission of mechanical power, or measurement)

    :  a series of links used or worn as an ornament or insignia

    :  a measuring instrument of 100 links used in surveying

  1. :  to obstruct or protect by a chain

    :  to fasten, bind, or connect with or as if with a chain

    :  fetter


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