1. [late 19C+] (drugs) a drug addiction, usu. to an opiate; thus the sense of needing more drugs to sustain physical comfort.
2. [20C+] ext. to other addictions.
3. attrib. use of sense 2.
4. [1920s–30s] withdrawal symptoms.
[1950s] (drugs) to decrease one’s narcotics intake in an attempt to withdraw from addiction.
[1930s+] (drugs) the occasional use of a narcotic, rather than the regular use necessitated by addiction.
1. to habitually consume any drug or alcohol.
2. to inject oneself with a narcotic, usu. heroin.
[1920s–30s] to be using narcotics; to be drunk.
[1930s] (drugs) to take enough of a narcotic to stop the pain of withdrawal.
[1930s] (drugs) to be suffering from withdrawal symptoms.
1. [1920s+] (drugs) to stop taking an addictive drug, usu. heroin (cf. kick v.4 (1)).
2. [1950s+] in fig. use, to stop doing something.
1. [1930s–40s] the passive inhalation of opium, which over a period can lead to addiction.
2. [1930s–50s] an opium addiction.
[1930s–50s] (US drugs) the consumption of narcotics orally and the subsequent addiction.
1. [1930s] to smoke enough to prevent withdrawal symptoms.
2. [1930s–50s] (US drugs) of an opium user, to smoke heavily after a period of abstinence.
[1950s–70s] (drugs) heroin addiction (through inhalation rather than injection).