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chain gang

noun
1.
a group of convicts chained together, especially when working outside.
Origin
1825-1835
1825-35
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Examples from the web for chain gang
  • Wartime alliances resemble a group of prisoners bound together in a chain gang.
  • Prisoners' work songs convey the meaning of life on a chain gang.
British Dictionary definitions for chain gang

chain gang

noun
1.
(US) a group of convicted prisoners chained together, usually while doing hard labour
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Slang definitions & phrases for chain gang

chain gang

noun phrase

The football officials who carry and set the chain that marks off the ten yards needed for a first down (1980s+)


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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