Meaning of “chain-smoke” in the English Dictionary

"chain-smoke" in British English

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chain-smokeverb [ I ]

uk /ˈtʃeɪn.sməʊk/ us /ˈtʃeɪn.smoʊk/

to smoke cigarettes one after another:

Joan's under a lot of pressure these days - she's been chain-smoking ever since her divorce.
noun [ C ] uk /ˈtʃeɪn.sməʊ.kər/ us /ˈtʃeɪn.smoʊ.kɚ/

(Definition of “chain-smoke” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)