Updated on: 15 Mar 2018

Definition of daisy-chain

transitive verb
: to link (things, such as computer components) together in series

First Known Use of daisy-chain


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Definition of daisy chain

1 : a string of daisies with stems linked to form a chain
2 : an interlinked series
  • a daisy chain of computer peripherals
  • a daisy chain of toddlers

Examples of daisy chain in a Sentence

  1. She wore a daisy chain around her neck.

  2. a daisy chain of electronic devices

  3. The children linked arms forming a daisy chain.

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First Known Use of daisy chain


Financial Definition of DAISY-CHAIN

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What It Is

In finance, a daisy chain is an investment scam whereby a group of fraudulent investors inflate the price of a security and then sell it at a profit.

How It Works

In a daisy chain scenario, an investor or group of investors holding a long position in a low-price, small-cap stock unfoundedly publicize the stock as a promising opportunity. Susceptible, credulous investors subsequently purchase shares, which, collectively, leads to a rise in the stock's price because of heightened demand.

Once the original perpetrators have decided that the price of the stock has peaked, they sell off the entirety of their positions for a profit. Subsequently, the false advertising campaign ends and the stock price returns to its original level.

Why It Matters

Daisy chain scams are an illegal practice punishable by heavy fines by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). With the advent of easily accessible and effective advertising via the Internet, the scams have become more common in recent years. Though investment advice such as stock tips can be convenient, investors are strongly advised to perform their own research on recommended stocks in order to avoid get-rich-quick scams.

DAISY-CHAIN Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of daisy chain for English Language Learners

  • : a string of daisies that you make by tying the stems together

  • : a group of things or people that are connected in a series

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