chain letter

noun
a letter sent to a number of people, each of whom is asked to make and mail copies to other people who are to do likewise, often used as a means of spreading a message or raising money.

Origin:
1905–10

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chain letter
 
n
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

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Example sentences
Despite the claims, a chain letter will never make you rich.
She had no political experience, yet she introduced an innovative chain letter approach for raising political funds.
If you receive a chain letter, do not help propagate it.
These fliers are nothing more than a nuisance chain letter that is playing on the hopes of our senior citizens.
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