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

chain-smoker

n. someone who smokes cigarette after cigarette. She was a chain-smoker for thirty years, and then suddenly, boom. She’s gone.
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She said her mother was a chain smoker while she was growing up.
A reformed chain smoker, Sabanci is a strong advocate of Turkey joining the European Union," the magazine added.
Two-year-old Tong Liangliang has little interest in the pacifiers and bottles typically favored by others his age and instead opted for cigarettes, and is now up to a pack a day, earning the Chinese toddler the dubious record of the world's youngest chain smoker. The toddler's father encouraged him to take up smoking when he was one-and-a-half years old, thinking it would alleviate the pain he suffered from a hernia until he was old enough to undergo surgery, the German newspaper Bild reported Tuesday.
Lizzie, 33, was infamous on the Channel 4 reality show as a 15st, gobby, tattooed, chain smoker.
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. His parents came to know of his vice but they could no longer stop him from smoking.
THE family of a chain smoker who was killed by lung cancer have been awarded almost PS14billion in damages from a tobacco company.
Midfielder Guild always expected the Dons to upstage him but didn't expect to be overshadowed by a 51-yearold chain smoker.
According to the report, the video has sparked a storm of jokes and rebuttals on YouTube and various social media sites about the well-known chain smoker and drinker who once praised Winston Churchill for his love of whiskey.
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.