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- n. A heavy iron ball attached to a prisoner's leg by a chain as a means of restraint.
- n. One's wife, as a symbol of restraint.
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- n. heavy iron ball attached to a prisoner by a chain
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The punishment of these sixteen Indians by ball and chain ended all trouble with the Rogue River tribe.