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}


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. (

My ball and chain is mad at me. (

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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