any drug, as a stimulant or tranquilizer, whose use may lead to the use of more dangerous or addictive drugs such as heroin.
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How to use gateway drug in a sentence
If art NFTs are the gateway drug, then the potential applications of this technology for metaverse creation is the end goal.Behind the Scenes at Art Basel Miami: The Biggest IRL Metaverse Party Yet | Raisa Bruner | December 9, 2021 | Time
Many marine biologists identify a gateway drug into their obsession, and for Heather Koldewey, it was the seahorse.How Surprising Connections Can Save the Ocean - Issue 99: Universality | Mary Ellen Hannibal | April 29, 2021 | Nautilus
For many people, mobile was their gateway drug into VR in the form of inexpensive, cardboard boxes designed to project VR content off of a smartphone.Best VR headsets: Bring your entertainment to life | Eric Alt | January 11, 2021 | Popular-Science
Plus it is clear that plastic surgery is a gateway drug for those both so inclined and so well-heeled.
But I do like the notion of same-sex marriage as a liberation gateway drug.Were Christians Right About Gay Marriage All Along? | Jay Michaelson | May 27, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
“For the girls who have never bought a business book, I think this can be the gateway drug,” Amoruso says.The ‘Nasty Gal’ Invasion: Sophia Amoruso Wants to Create an Army of #GIRLBOSSes | Alison Baitz | May 8, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
In fact, various media outlets have re-reported what has effectively been a faux gateway-drug story for at least 10 years.Parents Panic Over Old Fake Smarties Snorting Craze | Lizzie Crocker | January 23, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
The second major critique is that boycotting the settlements represents a kind of gateway drug to boycotting all of Israel.
British Dictionary definitions for gateway drug
a recreational drug such as cannabis, the use of which is believed by some to encourage the user to try stronger drugs
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