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chain gang

(US) a group of convicted prisoners chained together, usually while doing hard labour.
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It appears that rail contractors are cynically using prisoners as cheap chain-gang labour and that raises a host of issues, not least what rights these people have at work.
General secretary Bob Crow said: "It appears that rail contractors are cynically using prisoners as cheap chain-gang labour and that raises a host of issues, not least what rights these people have at work and what opportunity they have to be represented by a union.
MICHELLE wept yesterday as the chain-gang challenge became too much for her.
There aren't any surprises, except the spawning of a new musical genre - chain-gang hip-hop gospel - after the choir enlists three inmates from a nearby prison.
Rice, who has published other articles on Toni Morrison's uses of music in her fiction, convincingly situates the improvisatory actions of Paul D and the other chain-gang prisoners in Beloved within the context of Jazz and liberation.