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chain-smoke Syllabification: chain-smoke
Pronunciation: /ˈCHān ˌsmōk/

Definition of chain-smoke in English:


[no object]
Smoke continually, especially by lighting a new cigarette from the butt of the last one smoked.
Example sentences
  • I spent my working hours chain-smoking cigarettes and looking through the packs of developed photographs before the customers returned for them.
  • You chain-smoked cigarettes, throughout the night.
  • The cigarette consumption is voracious - he chain-smokes throughout our interview and has previously smoked his way around the golf course.


Pronunciation: /ˈCHān ˌsmōkər/
Example sentences
  • Not only was she one of the first chain-smokers, but she actually smoked in the street, was known to link arms with servants, and bicycled wearing Liberty frocks.
  • There were so many weapons there that I did not even dare smoke and I am a chain-smoker.
  • With water all around me I had little choice but to sit under a leaky tarpaulin beside chain-smokers and crying children, only now and then getting a glimpse up into the vast forests I was entering.
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