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daisy chain

a string of daisies linked together to form a chain.
such a chain used as a garland or carried on festive days by a group of women college students.
a series of interconnected or related things or events:
a daisy chain of legislative delays and stalemates.
Slang. a group sexual activity in which the participants serve as active and passive partners to different people simultaneously.
Commerce. a series of transactions designed to create the appearance of active trading, as in a particular stock, in order to manipulate the price.
Origin of daisy chain
First recorded in 1835-45 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Kate lay on the sofa reading "The daisy chain" for the fourth time.

    Aunt Jo's Scrap-Bag VI Louisa M. Alcott
  • It is more unintelligible than The daisy chain, though not quite so tiresome.

    Miss Eden's Letters Emily Eden
  • Make a chain of roses, just as one makes a daisy chain, or a chain of any other flowers.

  • I was indulging in a little bit of philosophy while you were deep in the 'daisy chain.'

    Esther Rosa Nouchette Carey
  • "That is why you like to call us your daisy chain," said Ethel.

    The Daisy Chain Charlotte Yonge
  • You could then say that you have often thought that the stars are God's daisy chain.

    Right Ho, Jeeves P. G. Wodehouse
  • In a far corner of the room May is seated on a stool making a daisy chain.

    Six Plays Florence Henrietta Darwin
  • "You couldn't bust a daisy chain at the police department," Kirk growled.

    Twelve Times Zero Howard Carleton Browne
  • It represented a little girl, in gypsy-hat, sitting by the water-side, and weaving a daisy chain.

    The Dead Secret Wilkie Collins
British Dictionary definitions for daisy chain

daisy chain

a garland made, esp by children, by threading daisies together
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Slang definitions & phrases for daisy chain

daisy chain

noun phrase

Sexual acts shared or partly shared by more than two people at the same time in the same place; group sex (1941+)

verb phrase

To connect; link; chain: Up to 8 EXP-16's may be daisy-chained together for a total of 128 differential inputs (1990s+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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Idioms and Phrases with daisy chain

daisy chain

A series of connected events, activities, or experiences. For example, The daisy chain of lectures on art history encompassed the last 200 years. This metaphorical term alludes to a string of the flowers linked together. [ Mid-1800s ]
A line or circle of three or more persons engaged in simultaneous sexual activity. For example, A high-class call girl, she drew the line at daisy chains. [ ; 1920s ]
A series of securities transactions intended to give the impression of active trading so as to drive up the price. For example, The SEC is on the alert for unscrupulous brokers who are engaging in daisy chains. [ 1980s ]
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