chain letter
noun Date: 1905 a letter sent to several persons with a request that each send copies of the letter to an equal number of persons

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • chain letter — chain letters N COUNT A chain letter is a letter, often with a promise of money, that is sent to several people who send copies on to several more people. Chain letters are illegal in some countries …   English dictionary

  • chain letter — chain ,letter noun count a letter sent to several people asking them to send a copy of the letter to several other people. The letter often contains a threat that something bad will happen if it is not sent to other people or a promise of money… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • chain letter — chain .letter n a letter sent to several people asking them to send a copy of the letter to several more people …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • chain letter — n. a letter to be circulated among many people by being copied, or, sometimes, added to, and then passed to others with a request to do the same …   English World dictionary

  • chain letter — ► NOUN ▪ one of a sequence of letters, each recipient in the sequence being requested to send copies to a number of other people …   English terms dictionary

  • Chain letter — For other uses, see Chain letter (disambiguation). Top portion of a Letter from Heaven, produced in England …   Wikipedia

  • chain letter — noun a letter that is sent successively to several people • Hypernyms: ↑letter, ↑missive * * * noun, pl ⋯ ters [count] : a letter that is sent to a certain number of people and that asks each of those people to send a copy of the letter to the… …   Useful english dictionary

  • chain letter — UK / US noun [countable] Word forms chain letter : singular chain letter plural chain letters a letter sent to several people asking them to send a copy of the letter to several other people. The letter often contains a threat that something bad… …   English dictionary

  • chain letter — A jewellry store wanting to market necklaces started a chain letter …   English expressions

  • chain letter — chain′ let ter n. a letter sent to a number of people each of whom is asked to make and mail copies to others who are to do likewise • Etymology: 1905–1910 …   From formal English to slang

  • chain letter — letter which is sent to numerous recipients and is intended to be sent by those recipients to other recipients (and so on) …   English contemporary dictionary

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