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chain gang

(US) a group of convicted prisoners chained together, usually while doing hard labour.
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There's chain-gang dancing on the edge of an inferno in there, alongside film references and a musical backdrop ranging from classical Debussy to rock band The Black Keys - all making up what's described as a "savagely beautiful" show.
IN A lesson for annoyed motorists everywhere, a frustrated man vandalises parking meters - and for his sins ends up as part of a chain-gang in a tough prison.
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."
MICHELLE wept yesterday as the chain-gang challenge became too much for her.