chain-smoke chain-smoke

Definition(s):

  • (v) smoke one cigarette after another; light one cigarette from the preceding one

Usage(s):

  1. She politely asks the reporter who is with her for permission to light a cigarette and then proceeds to chain-smoke for the duration of the interview.
  2. At his Friday press conference, Franklin Roosevelt did not chain-smoke, as usual; in fact, he did not smoke at all.
  3. They drink lots of highballs, chain-smoke, worry about themselves and talk to each other in subtle banalities to cover their emotional high tension.

News

  • Starving China’s Tobacco Monopoly Is Li’s Smoking Cure

    Watching Deng Xiaoping chain-smoke through a lunch of bear paw and Moutai liquor at the Great Hall of the People in 1982, Virginia Li saw what she was up against. Li was an anti-tobacco crusader with a PhD in public health and the crazy idea the Chinese could be persuaded to give up cigarettes. A professor at the University of California, Los Angeles, Li returned to China almost every year after ...
    on April 21, 2014     Source: Bloomberg via Yahoo! Finance

Quotes

  • "I love the idea that these vampires faced with immortality are depressed," Hawke said. "It's almost too much to bare. They have to chain-smoke. They can't rest. Whereas, faced with a finite amount of time to live, all this hope comes into...
    on Jan 8, 2010 By: Ethan Hawke Source: Los Angeles Times (blog)

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