chain smoker


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chain smoker

A person who smokes cigarettes continuously, such that they begin a new cigarette as (or almost as) soon as the last one is extinguished. My grandmother died of emphysema after being a chain smoker for most of her adult life.
See also: chain, smoker

chain smoker

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]
See also: chain, smoker
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She said her mother was a chain smoker while she was growing up.
Fire investigating officer Mark McCabe said fire officers found the badly burned body of Mr Carter, who was a chain smoker, in the sitting room.
Ai Ai took up smoking in 1989, shortly after the death of her mate, but she did not become a chain smoker until her second mate died in 1997, a year marked by a second loss when her daughter was moved to another zoo.
Love and tobacco tempted Gregory in his college years in the form of Lucy Hinton, a chain smoker who had attempted to seduce him with both her body and her butts: "She could lick smoke from the corner of her mouth like sugar .
Reporters like to humanize the material, so if you're a chain smoker or a knuckle cracker, you may read about it the next day.
One of my friends who smoked two sticks of cigarettes during his collegiate days, without the knowledge of his parents and siblings, later became a chain smoker.
THE family of a chain smoker who was killed by lung cancer have been awarded almost PS14billion in damages from a tobacco company.
A FORMER chain smoker determined to quit fags for good arrivei d in Livei rpool as part of his mammoth challenge to run 28 miles a day for 28 f consecutivei days.
Midfielder Guild always expected the Dons to upstage him but didn't expect to be overshadowed by a 51-yearold chain smoker.
The speaker, a chain smoker, then quipped, "Somebody [Michelle] won't let you do it.
He said that 273 patients including 72 women were operated upon during the period under review and their history revealed that all of them were suffering from diabetes, chain smoker and hypertension in addition to high degree of cholesterol.
The former chain smoker had part of his right lung removed in December 1996 to stop a cancerous growth.
The singer had gone into a coma after not being able to breathe due to being a chain smoker.
It's been a long journey from his early days as a chain smoker.
He's 57 but looks older, as he's a heavy drinker and a chain smoker.