ball and chain

a ball and chain
(a hindrance; something that restricts movements or activities; a problem that prevents you from doing what you would like to do; something that limits your freedom and stops you from doing what you want to do) — путы, оковы; то, что связывает по рукам и ногам; бремя

The phrase is sometimes used jokingly to refer to a husband or wife.
the old ball and chain
1) spouse; 2) husband and wife; 3) wedlock
семейные цепи; бремя супружества {первоначально железное или чугунное ядро, прикованное цепью к ногам заключённого; a heavy metal ball on a chain, tied to a prisoner's legs, to stop the prisoner from escaping}

Examples:

Is your friend about to put on the old ball and chain?—Твой друг собирается жениться?

I've got to get home to my ball and chain. (thefreedictionary.com)

My ball and chain is mad at me. (thefreedictionary.com)

Chandler: Yep, from now on it's gonna be the four of you guys and me and missus... the little woman... the wife... the old ball and chain.
Monica: Old? ...
Chandler: The young hot ball and chain
(from "The One with Monica and Chandler's Wedding")

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