verb Date: 1890 intransitive verb to smoke especially cigarettes continually transitive verb to smoke (as cigarettes) almost without interruptionchain-smoker noun

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  • chain-smoke — chain′ smoke v. i. v. t. smoked, smok•ing to smoke continually, as by lighting one cigarette, cigar, etc., from the preceding one • Etymology: 1930–35 chain′ smok er, chain′ smok er, n …   From formal English to slang

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  • chain-smoke — chain ,smoke verb intransitive or transitive to smoke one cigarette immediately after another ╾ chain ,smok|er noun count …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • chain-smoke — ► VERB ▪ smoke cigarettes in continuous succession …   English terms dictionary

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  • chain-smoke — UK / US verb [intransitive/transitive] Word forms chain smoke : present tense I/you/we/they chain smoke he/she/it chain smokes present participle chain smoking past tense chain smoked past participle chain smoked to smoke one cigarette… …   English dictionary

  • chain-smoke — in. to smoke cigarette after cigarette. □ I gave never wanted to chain smoke, but I got addicted. □ I used o chain, and my husband threatened to leave me if I didn’t give it up. I quit when he left …   Dictionary of American slang and colloquial expressions

  • chain-smoke — chain smoker. chain smoker, n. /chayn smohk /, v.i., v.t., chain smoked, chain smoking. to smoke continually, as by lighting one cigarette, cigar, etc., from the preceding one. [1930 35] * * * …   Universalium

  • chain-smoke — chain smokes, chain smoking, chain smoked VERB Someone who chain smokes smokes cigarettes or cigars continuously. Melissa had chain smoked all evening while she waited for a phone call from Tom. [Also V n] …   English dictionary

  • chain-smoke — [c]/ˈtʃeɪn smoʊk / (say chayn smohk) verb (chain smoked, chain smoking) –verb (i) 1. to smoke continually, as by lighting one cigarette from the preceding one. –verb (t) 2. to smoke (cigarettes) in this manner. –chain smoker, noun …  

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