chain lightning

Origin of chain lightning

An Americanism dating back to 1825–35
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Examples from the Web for chain lightning

Historical Examples of chain lightning

  • A storm-burst of laughter, mingled with shouts of "By jiminy, but he's chain-lightning!"

  • I never 20 saw such a girl as you are for chain-lightning projects!

  • "I wish I had control of chain-lightning for a few minutes," says O., the droll fellow of our company.

  • Anyhow, I found myself riding away straight south as if I were on a streak of chain-lightning.

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  • The trenchant manner, the statuesque drapery, the chain-lightning effects, were much as they were afterwards seen in this country.


British Dictionary definitions for chain lightning

chain lightning

noun
  1. another name for forked lightning
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