ball and chain

noun
1.
a heavy iron ball fastened by a chain to a prisoner's leg.
2.
a burdensome restraint:
"The steady accumulation of small debts was a ball and chain to his progress."
3.
Facetious Slang: Often Offensive. a person's spouse or romantic partner, especially a female.
Origin
1825–35, Americanism
Usage note
In the meaning “romantic partner,” this term is consciously used for humorous or playful effect. But it is often perceived as insulting, implying that the partner is a burden or restriction on the other partner.
British Dictionary definitions for ball chain
ball and chain
 
n
1.  (formerly) a heavy iron ball attached to a chain and fastened to a prisoner
2.  a heavy restraint
3.  slang a wife

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