Definition of ball and chain
- Drugs are a ball and chain for many people.
- (old-fashioned) He referred to his wife as "the ball and chain."
: a series of usually metal links or rings connected to or fitted into one another and used for various purposes (such 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
: to obstruct or protect by a chain
: to fasten, bind, or connect with or as if with a chain
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