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speedball

[ speed-bawl ]
/ ˈspidˌbɔl /
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noun

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.

RELATED WORDS

rapid, unexpected, hasty, nimble, sudden, abrupt, quick, speedy, expeditious, agile, brisk, hot, swift, sugar, crack, poison, narcotic, short, prompt, flying

Nearby words

speed up, speed walking, speed-dial, speed-read, speed-up, speedball, speedboat, speedboating, speeder, speedfreak, speeding

Origin of speedball

First recorded in 1940–45; speed + ball1
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British Dictionary definitions for speedball

speedball

/ (ˈspiːdˌbɔːl) /

noun

slang a mixture of heroin with amphetamine or cocaine
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Medicine definitions for speedball

speedball

[ spēdbôl′ ]

n.

An intravenous dose of cocaine mixed with heroin or an amphetamine.
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