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.
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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