verb (used with or without object), chain-smoked, chain-smoking.
to smoke continually, as by lighting one cigarette, cigar, etc., from the preceding one.
Origin of chain-smoke
First recorded in 1930–35
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to smoke (cigarettes, etc) continually, esp lighting one from the preceding one
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One who smokes continually by lighting a new cigarette from the one being finished, as in Before they forbade smoking, bridge tournaments often attracted players who are chain smokers. [c. 1930]
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