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."

Word by Word Definitions

chain play
  1. : 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)

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

  3. : a measuring instrument of 100 links used in surveying

  1. : to obstruct or protect by a chain

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


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