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chain letter

n.
A letter, email, or other message sent to a number of people asking each recipient to send copies with the same request to a specified number of others. The circulation of a chain letter increases in geometrical progression as long as the instructions are followed by all recipients.

chain letter

n
(Communications & Information) a letter, often with a request for and promise of money, that is sent to many people who add to or recopy it and send it on to others: illegal in many countries

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.
[1905–1910]
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Noun1.chain letter - a letter that is sent successively to several people
letter, missive - a written message addressed to a person or organization; "mailed an indignant letter to the editor"
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The chain e-mail will at some stage arrive back in the spammer's hands from which he will extract a rich payload of fresh e-mail addresses worth money to disreputable advertising companies.
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They were successful because people passed the message on to their friends through chain e-mail.
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A chain e-mail is circulating which urges drivers not to buy fuel from the biggest suppliers, BP and Esso, in a bid to force them to cut their pump prices.
British fans of the 1977 sci-fi film have set up a chain e-mail asking people to put Jedi down as their religion on the forthcoming census.
The online campaign will also take the form of a chain e-mail that will be directed at potential Internet punters and office sweepstakes.
His warning came after it emerged that Glasgow City Council and Glasgow University are among employers who have alerted staff to a false chain e-mail.
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One student lifted the article and sent it around the States as a chain e-mail.