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  1. ball and chain

    • IPA[ˌbôl (ə)n ˈCHān]

    美式

    • n.
      a heavy metal ball secured by a chain to the leg of a prisoner to prevent escape.;a crippling encumbrance
    • noun: ball and chain, plural noun: ball and chains

    • 釋義

    名詞

    • 1. a heavy metal ball secured by a chain to the leg of a prisoner to prevent escape.
    • a crippling encumbrance the ball and chain of debt
    • 更多解釋
    • n.
      a heavy metal ball secured by a chain to the leg of a prisoner to prevent escape.

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