Green’s Dictionary of Slang

crack n.7

[SE by late 1990s. Its strength, alleged addictiveness and destructive popularity have made it a source of social disruption. Unlike its powdered form, cocaine, known as ‘the rich man’s drug’, crack, for all that it has many middle-class devotees, is very much a drug of the ghetto and the housing estate, bringing the effects of cocaine to an underclass market]

[1980s+] (drugs) a purified and potent form of cocaine; a mixture of cocaine, baking powder and water, which is smoked rather than sniffed; crack is heated and the resultant pellets are smoked through a small glass pipe.

In compounds

crack attack (n.) [play on McDonald’s hamburger’s coinage Mac attack, a sudden craving for a hamburger; note WWI Aus. milit. Bass attack, a drinking bout, a play on Bass ale]

[1980s+] (drugs) a sudden craving for crack cocaine.

crack babe (n.) [babe n. (3)]

[1990s+] (US) a girl or woman who swaps sex for crack cocaine.

crack baby (n.)

1. [1980s+] the child of an addict of crack cocaine.

2. [1990s+] a general term of abuse; someone irritating.

crack bitch (n.) [bitch n.1 (1a)]

[1990s+] (UK black) a female crack addict.

crack diet (n.) [a minimal diet, high on sugar, that is preferred by regular crack users]

[1990s+] (drugs) a few sweets and a soft drink.

crack gallery (n.) [shooting gallery n. (1)]

[1980s+] (drugs) a place where users of crack cocaine congregate to buy and smoke the drug.

crack head (n.) [-head sfx (4)]

1. [1980s+] (drugs) a smoker of crack cocaine.

2. attrib. use of sense 1.

3. [1990s+] an idiot.

crack ho (n.) [ho n.1 (1)]

[1990s+] (US black) a woman who will offer sex in return for crack cocaine.

crack house (n.) (also crack den) [1980s+] (drugs)

1. a place where crack is processed from base cocaine.

2. a room or whole house in which users gather to take crack cocaine.

crack mama (n.) [mama n. (1)]

[1990s+] (US campus) a crack-addicted black woman; thus, derog., any black woman.

crack monster (n.) [-monster sfx] [1980s+]

1. (US drugs) a habitual user of crack cocaine.

2. a woman who exchanges sexual favours for a dose of crack cocaine.

crack spot (n.)

[1980s+] (drugs) an area where people can purchase crack cocaine, but do not smoke it.

crack whore (n.) [SE crack whore, a woman who prostitutes herself to sustain a crack cocaine addiction]

[2000s] (US campus) a general pej., there is no need for drug use to be involved.

In phrases

crack up (v.)

[1990s+] (drugs) to smoke crack cocaine.

on crack (adj.)

(US campus) crazy, ridiculous, of behaviour or a situation.