ball and chain

noun

Definition of ball and chain

: 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."

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“Ball and chain.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ball%20and%20chain. Accessed 25 Jan. 2021.

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