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ball and chain
a metal ball fastened by a chain to a prisoner's body to prevent escape
(plural balls and chains)
- A heavy iron ball attached to a prisoner's leg by a chain as a means of restraint.
- (slang) One's wife, as a symbol of restraint.
- Humorous: These cards may refer to cliché jokes such as buying ladders (for eloping), the old ball-and-chain, or the tribulations of impending in-laws.
- A cake labeled "hers" is sure to generate laughs, and a ball-and-chain cake is a classic favorite.