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What is the meaning of "the old ball and chain"? How do I use it in a sentence?
Literally, a ball and chain is an old device used to keep prisoners from running away. A large, heavy iron ball would be chained to a leg which would limit the speed at which they could run.
'The old ball and chain' is used, usually tongue in cheek, as a description of a person's wife. "The old ball and chain won't let me go out and party with my friends."
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