“BALL & CHAIN”
This dated phrase originates from the early 1800’s when a prisoners shackled ankle restraint worsened the agony of sentence by the weight of an iron ball. This method of imprisonment later became an expression describing a Wife’s/Girlfriends strong hold on her Husband/Boyfriend. Usually, “Old Ball and Chain” is jokingly used although sometimes it can come across as a derogatory comment towards an overbearing partner regulating activities. This phrase can also describe a persons burden to their job for which employment elsewhere seems unattainable and current position remains tolerable to stress. Why am I writing this? My divorce was filed; officially….