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Ball and chain   /bɔl ənd tʃeɪn/   Listen
Ball and chain

Heavy iron ball attached to a prisoner by a chain.

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"Ball and chain" Quotes from Famous Books

... soldiers and their sense of duty, we were able to maintain a high standard of discipline,—so, at least, the inspecting officers said,—and to get rid, almost entirely, of the more degrading class of punishments,—standing on barrels, tying up by the thumbs, and the ball and chain. ...
— Army Life in a Black Regiment • Thomas Wentworth Higginson

Words linked to "Ball and chain" :   trammel, bond, hamper, shackle

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