[ speed-bawl ]
/ ˈspidˌbɔl /
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a game similar to soccer with the chief difference that a player catching the ball on the fly can pass it with the hands.
Slang. any combination of a stimulant and a depressant taken together, especially a mixture of heroin and cocaine or heroin and methamphetamine injected into the bloodstream.
verb (used without object)
Slang. to take a speedball, especially by injection.
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Example sentences from the Web for speedball
Well, be careful what you wish for, because I find watching this show like a TMI speedball.‘LA Shrinks’: A Television Writer Discovers His Shrink Is on a Bravo Reality Show|Mike Chessler|April 8, 2013|DAILY BEAST
British Dictionary definitions for speedball
/ (ˈspiːdˌbɔːl) /
slang a mixture of heroin with amphetamine or cocaine
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Medical definitions for speedball
[ spēd′bôl′ ]
An intravenous dose of cocaine mixed with heroin or an amphetamine.
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