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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

... rule that strange world of thine. Were it not a doom, were it not a frightful doom, that it should come to rule thee? ... Government from without! Government of to-day, Government abroad as we see it in every journal, in every letter that we open—how heavy, how heavy is the ball and chain the nations wear! If we alone in this land go free, if for four golden years we have moved with lightness, look to it lest a gaoler come! Government! What is the ideal government? It is a man of business, worthy and esteemed, administering his client's affairs ...
— Lewis Rand • Mary Johnston

... out-ringing from the festal walls, Scents viands that shall princely palates sate, Yet in the outer gloom may only wait, Crouched in the cold, thrice-thankful for some least Mean morsel flung him from the plenteous feast— Poor bondman to the ball and chain of Fate! So, lonely at Love's outer gate I stand And glimpse the brightness and the bliss within, Where love-lit smiles transmute the dark to day— I wait without—I may not enter in; Long, wistfully, I gaze—then void of hand And starved ...
— The Path of Dreams - Poems • Leigh Gordon Giltner

... of liberty! Why couldn't they leave him to his Savanarola! Must he drag about a ball and chain like ...
— Jacqueline, v1 • Th. Bentzon (Mme. Blanc)

... a sale in town and I seen them pass our house in gangs, the little ones in wagons and others walking. I've seen slaves who run away from their masters and they'd have to work in the field with a big ball and chain on their leg. They'd hoe out to the end of the chain and then drag it up a piece and hoe on to the ...
— Slave Narratives, Oklahoma - A Folk History of Slavery in the United States From - Interviews with Former Slaves • Various

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

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