chain smoke

(redirected from Chain smoking)
Also found in: Dictionary, Wikipedia.

chain smoke

To smoke cigarettes continuously, such that one begins a new cigarette as (or almost as) soon as the last one is extinguished. My grandmother died of emphysema after chain smoking for most of her adult life.
See also: chain, smoke
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

chain(-smoke)

in. to smoke cigarette after cigarette. (As if each cigarette were a link in a chain.) I never wanted to chain-smoke, but I got addicted.
McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.
See also:
References in periodicals archive ?
Shot documentary style on video, the tightly paced movie offers a matter-of-fact account of Khaled's nasty reality: the fist fights, the bleak cityscape, the cheap fixtures and falling plaster, the cigarette butt floating in his sick, chain smoking mother's bath water.
Tomorrow, Spin, an evening of storytelling and theatre with Swansea's chain smoking Karin and uptight media loving Carri from Cardiff.
One in ten managers also said they were not bothered about their unsavoury personal habits, such as picking their nose or chain smoking.
The article observed that Tyrel had even "smoked cigars with Jack Nicholson," but did not portray his chain smoking in a negative light.
All weekend, Lindsay kept crying, chain smoking and chewing her nails.
I did not at the time put my condition down to my husband's chain smoking but the doctor told me the reason for my illness.
I don't want to see any fake Asians in tattered clothes with bedhead and chain smoking next time I'm at the park.
At a party after a film premiere she was seen chain smoking and lashing into the booze.
Chain smoking Rotten, 46, pulled his ears out and made his `Tony Blair' face for the cameras, then said: "You know damn well that Mr Blair has f*** it up."
Hundreds of smokers are to be invited to a day-long chain smoking party on an island in the River Thames, campaigners announced yesterday.
Bodmin magistrates heard he tried suicide, faces losing his home, lost three stone and took up chain smoking.
The 41-year-old, battling booze and depression, spends his days chain smoking in the grounds of the Priory clinic.
Teetering on pink stilettos and chain smoking, she announced to a columnist: "I'm pregnant!"