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verb (used with or without object), chain-smoked, chain-smoking.
  1. to smoke continually, as by lighting one cigarette, cigar, etc., from the preceding one.
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Origin of chain-smoke

First recorded in 1930–35
Related formschain smoker, chain-smok·er, noun
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  1. to smoke (cigarettes, etc) continually, esp lighting one from the preceding one
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Derived Formschain smoker, noun
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